On Tuesday, Tulsa Police released body camera footage that shows the officer-involved, fatal shooting of Derrec Shaw, after he shot two people at a south Tulsa strip mall.
Tulsa Police officers were on scene at a strip mall located on the 4900 block of South Peoria Ave. on May 10th when dispatch notified the officers that Derrec Shaw, 25, had shot two people at separate locations after he was observed as “acting erratic and strange.”
In the officer-worn body camera video, an unidentified officer with the Tulsa Police Department (TPD) can be seen running with his TPD issued patrol rifle trying to locate the individual in question. Upon arriving on the scene, the officer can be seen running through the alley located behind the CiCi’s Pizza located at 4949 S. Peoria Ave. where he encounters a group of employees and patrons that have gathered in the alley. The people that were gathered in the alley inform the officer that the man in question, Shaw, was still in the area.
Tulsa Police later learned that Shaw had shot two motorists, one in the shoulder, the other in the chin.
Pedestrians near the China Wok restaurant at 4971 S. Peoria told the officer that Shaw had run across Skelly Drive and was shooting at vehicles that were traveling on I-44. At one point in the video, the officer can be heard saying into his radio, “Hold traffic! Hold traffic! He’s got a gun.”
A few seconds later the officer fires two rounds from his TDP issued patrol rifle at Shaw who immediately fell to the pavement. The officer then runs across the highway, nearly being struck by a car when he reported to dispatch that – “The suspect is down,” and then, “Stay on the ground! Let me see your hands!”
The officer then can be heard reporting to dispatch that “The suspect is down. I can’t see his hands… He’s got a gun next to him.” Additional officers soon arrived on the highway to stop traffic and assist the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in closing all lanes of I-44 along Peoria Avenue to begin their investigation.
Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the TPD public information office, the officer in question followed proper training in stopping Shaw despite discharging his service weapon on a highway and then running into oncoming traffic. Officers stated that there are no protocols for what officers should do on highways.
It should be noted that the officer is not heard identifying himself to Shaw before firing. Police officials stated that the immediate danger that Shaw represented did not allow for time for the officer to do so.
The officer identifying himself would likely have not changed the outcome and possibly led to pedestrians being placed in further danger, police said.
As of Tuesday, the officer remains on administrative leave and will be identified after an investigation by the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.
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