Authorities identify man shot and killed following pursuit in southeast Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Police have identified a man shot and killed by officers following a pursuit early Saturday morning.
The Oklahoma City Police Department reports that George Seeton, 38, was shot and killed by Officer Jarrod Jackson and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Moler March 4 near SE 32 and S. Kelley Avenue.
Police say that at approximately 6:45 a.m. Moler attempted to pull over a truck near Interstate 240 and Air Depot for having a tag light out. At some point, the vehicle sped away from the trooper, beginning a pursuit.
Officer Jackson joined the pursuit at SE 44 and S. Eastern. At SE 32 and S. Kelley, the suspect failed to negotiate a turn and crashed into the yard of a home.
Trooper Moler and Officer Jackson then approached the vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, Seeton allegedly put it in reverse and drove at the men. Both Moler and Jackson opened fired, hitting Seeton. Seeton was pronounced dead on scene.
Police say that Seeton was driving a stolen vehicle. The vehicle struck Officer Jackson's patrol unit after Seeton was shot.
Law enforcement also revealed that the stolen truck Seeton was driving belonged to Hugh McDonald and his wife, both of southeast Oklahoma City. The pair says they were shopping in Home Depot when it was stolen from the parking lot on February 22nd.
"People can't believe it, it is a strange thing to have it happen to us. It doesn't seem real," McDonald said about finding out his truck was involved in the chase.
Neither Jackson or Moler were injured in the crash. Jackson is a two year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Moler has been with the OHP for 20 years. Jackson has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.
Body camera footage of the shooting will be made available in the coming weeks.
The incident is the second officer-involved shooting of 2017 in Oklahoma City and is considered the 12th homicide of the year.