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Suspect shot by Tahlequah officer after high-speed chase

Posted at 7:13 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 08:39:57-04

Tahlequah police say a man is in jail after being shot by an officer following a high-speed pursuit.

Police investigating reports of a suspicious man prowling around vehicles at an apartment complex around midnight saw a black pickup truck leaving the complex at a high rate of speed and almost losing control.

Police say they tried to stop the pickup, but the suspect drove off reaching speeds of 80 m.p.h. The driver slammed on the breaks several times during the pursuit in an attempt to disable the officer's vehicle.

The pickup left the roadway from Highway 51 Bypass and appeared to be stuck, according to police. They say the man then backed the pickup towards officers.

One officer fired three shots in an attempt to suspect.

Tahlequah Police identified the suspect as Darian Daniels. The officers are involved are Cory Keele and Bronson McNeil.

Chief of Police Nate King said she is proud of his officers' decision making.

"I’m glad everyone is as O.K. as they can be," Chief King said. "I’m glad Mr. Daniels wasn’t severely hurt. I’m glad none of my officers were severely hurt. I’m glad everyone went home last night."

Daniels was shot once and was jailed at the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of DUI, eluding an officer and assault with a deadly weapon.

The officers involved been placed on administrative leave.

OSBI is investigating the incident.

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