Police: Home burglary suspect shot by Norman officer
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
Police say a home burglary suspect was shot by an officer early Monday in Norman.
The Norman Police Department reports that an officer was involved in a shooting at approximately 10:45 a.m. Feb. 20. We're told officers responded to the a neighborhood near Main Street and Berry Road after receiving a call about a man attempting to break into a home with a crowbar on Garver Street.
Police say an officer who was already in the area saw the suspect running down the street and starting chasing him on foot. The foot chase ended in the parking lot of a Habitat for Humanity Restore on Main Street.
Reportedly in that parking lot a confrontation took place, police say the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer. The officer then fired several shots, hitting the man. Police say they're investigating the circumstances surrounding that shooting, but at some point they believe the suspect got into a car.
A neighbor describes what he saw unfold after he says he heard three gunshots.
"I was on the way out I heard a fourth shot. And then I saw a green truck with the driver window shattered. That came across this way and then jumped the curb and came crashed right there. Then all the police officer came, had their weapons drawn, and I was like whoa I'm going back inside," said neighbor Ah-in-nist Sipes, who lives right behind the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
The man shot was transported to OU Medical Center. Police say he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Police have yet to release the identity of the suspect or the officer. We're told the officer is on administrative leave, per standard department procedure.