Police: Shots fired during metro pursuit that ends in crash

Police on scene of crash following a police pursuit. (Shardaa Gray/KOKH)

The Oklahoma City Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol were involved in a police chase through residential streets early Thursday morning.

OKCPD says the pursuit started just after 2 a.m. Sept. 21 when officers tried to stop a GMC pickup that was driving on a flat tire near SW 38th and Lindsey. The vehicle reportedly sped off, reaching speeds upwards of 60 miles per hour on residential streets.

OHP troopers were called in to assist with the pursuit

Police say the people inside the suspect vehicle shot at pursuing officers multiple times throughout the chase. Police officers did not return fire, but one trooper did, shooting from inside his vehicle.

Eventually, OHP troopers initiated a tactical maneuver to stop the vehicle near SW 54th and MacArthur. Reports show that vehicle rolled over.

Police say both people inside the vehicle were injured in the crash. The driver is expected to survive, however the passenger is listed in critical condition after being ejected from the vehicle. There were no injuries to officers or troopers.

Later in the morning, OHP officials identified the driver as 32-year-old Patrick Smith of Lawton. The female passenger has yet to be identified. Smith will face the following charges when released from the hospital:

  • Aggravated attempting to elude
  • Shooting with intent to kill
  • Use of vehicle to facilitate discharge of firearm
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony
  • Transporting a loaded firearm in vehicle
  • Pointing a deadly weapon at another

The area of SW 54th St. between MacArthur and Meridian is being closed due to the investigation. Metro Tech's Aviation Career Campus also announced it would be cancelling classes Thursday due to the road closures. The cancellations only affect day classes before 2:30 p.m. at the ACC campus.

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