The mother of a suspect in Wednesday's officer-involved shooting says her son isn't a bad person

Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 19:28:29-05

OKMULGEE, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman says her son, who's the suspect in a high-speed chase turned officer-involved shooting in Okmulgee Wednesday, isn't a bad person he's just been caught in the wrong situations. 

Elizabeth Ashley traveled to her son's home Thursday to try and sift through the chaos. 

All of his belongings sitting in the front yard, and her trying to put the pieces back together with no solid information or word from her son. 

"[They made him look like] he was the bad guy in a high speed chase, and I hear he’s doing 5 miles an hour," she said. “He’s probably at fault for trying to sell something to an undercover police, but I mean, as far as being shot at, I just don’t understand that.” 

She told 2 Works for You he had been to prison before but was turning his life around. 

He was part of the Anna McBride Program for drug rehabilitation. 

As far as she knew he was doing well until she got a call Wednesday he was in trouble. 

“I’m not knowing if he’s dead or alive, if he’s ok, where he’s at. I don’t know nothing, they don’t tell you nothing," she said. 

She also said she feels bad for Morrow's family, and she plans to reach out them though she doesn't know them well. 

“He’s not a bad guy. I mean he’s a good guy he just got caught up in the wrong situations," she said. 

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Michael Sanchez Jr. was attempting to sell items to undercover sheriff's deputies when he sped off. 

Deputies and police chased him through neighborhoods when they ended up at the Taylor Drive Apartments where an officer shot into the car, missing Sanchez and hitting the female passenger Amanda Morrow in the neck. 

Witnesses say Morrow screamed in agony and a child was in the car. 

Sanchez is in the Okmulgee County Jail for an outstanding warrant. No charges have been filed for this incident. 


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