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Tulsa police say officer shot during traffic stop is 'improving hour by hour'

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 20:17:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Department says Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who was shot during a traffic stop on Monday, is continuing to make progress.

Zarkeshan is responding to hospital tests and he is reacting to close family visitors, according to Tulsa police.

Police say he may be moved out of the ICU next week if he continues to show progress.

On June 29, Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Zarkeshan responded to a routine traffic stop in east Tulsa. Both were shot multiple times during the stop and taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

On June 30, Sgt. Johnson passed away from his injuries.

READ MORE: One Tulsa police officer dies, another in the hospital after shooting

The Tulsa Police Department released the following statement about Zarkeshan's recovery:

Aurash is improving hour by hour. He is responsive to tests being conducted by the hospital staff and also reacting to visiting family and loved ones. The family is very hopeful and happy with the progress that Aurash has shown to this point. The doctor has said that if he continues to progress at this rate that Aurash may be moved out of ICU next week. The family expresses extreme gratitude for all of the support that they have received from Mayor Bynum, his staff, and the Tulsa Police Department. The family further extends their heartfelt thanks for all of the gifts and support that they have received from the community at large, the hospital, and its incredible staff.

Two people involved in the shooting are in custody, including the alleged gunman, David Ware, and alleged accomplice, Matthew Hall.

Ware is charged with two counts of shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm. After Sgt. Johnson's passing, Ware is now facing a homicide charge. Ware and Hall are being held with no bond and both will attend a court hearing on July 6.

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