Chase, gunshots close down Turner Turnpike, suspect killed

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News 9 Oklahoma City

Source: Oklahoma Highway Patrol

An unidentified man said to be an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed Saturday by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The incident happened near the Luther exit on I-44 and it shut down the highway for several hours, OHP said in a statement.

OHP was contacted by the Sedona, Ariz. police to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle driven by an armed robbery suspect.

Troopers located the vehicle in Canadian County and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect fled, initiating a pursuit.

The pursuit entered the Kilpatrick Turnpike, and the suspect began firing shots at troopers through his rear window, OHP said. Troopers made several unsuccessful attempts to perform a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) on the Kilpatrick Turnpike.

When the fleeing vehicle entered the Turner Turnpike, troopers performed a successful TVI on the vehicle at the 140 mile marker, bringing the pursuit to a stop.

As the vehicle came to a stop, the suspect exited his vehicle, grabbed a rifle and began firing more rounds at law enforcement.

The suspect barricaded himself behind his vehicle until the OHP Tactical Team arrived. The suspect continued to fire at law enforcement, and troopers fired back, killing the suspect.

Positive identification of the suspect is pending Oklahoma City Police Department, as well as the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office assisted OP with the conclusion of the incident.

OH Troop Z Investigations Division will be leading the investigation, and the troopers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative duties pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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