OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. – UPDATE (02/04; 3:52 p.m.) – Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) has confirmed that the suspect who fired the shots while driving on the Turner Turnpike is dead.
The incident began around 12:30 p.m. when OHP located a vehicle believed to be driven by a wanted armed robbery suspect in Sedona, Arizona.
OHP attempted to stop the driver near I-40 and the Council in Oklahoma City, but the driver led soldiers in a chase on the Turner Turnpike.
According to OHP, the suspect fired at soldiers as he pursued them and fired from the moving vehicle.
There were multiple attempts to intervene with tactical maneuvers by law enforcement, but the suspect grabbed a long gun and continued to fire at officers.
The soldiers attempted to speak with the suspect and, according to the OHP statement, these attempts “continued for some time.”
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident and the Turner Turnpike was closed.
The suspect continued to be aggressive, according to OHP, and the soldiers returned fire. The suspect is dead.
The Turner Turnpike will remain closed for the next four hours while law enforcement continues to investigate.
The Turner Turnpike is closed due to a heavy law enforcement presence.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol currently has the Turner Turnpike westbound at the Luther exit and eastbound at the closed I-35.
They didn’t say when it will reopen.
Authorities responded to the area on Saturday after a report of a man firing shots.
Drivers should avoid the area.
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