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Oklahoma City Officer Involved Shooting
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- An officer involved shooting in Southwest Oklahoma City sends one man to the hospital. The shooting happened outside a Buy For Less grocery store near Southwest 59th Street and Walker Avenue.
Oklahoma City Police say they received a call around 2:45 PM about a man walking in circles down the street. An officer confronted the man in the Buy For Less parking lot.
"As he got out of the car to approach the gentleman, he took a defensive posture toward the officer," said Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Dept.
After the first confrontation, the officer called for back-up. Once the officers arrived, they approached the man a second time.
"He produced a weapon," Nelson explained, "the officers returned fire and shot that individual."
Witnesses across the shopping center say they heard several gunshots fired outside the grocery store.
"I heard five, six of them maybe," said Huzaifa Rizwan, a witness who works in the shopping center.
Many witnesses say they saw the man fall to the ground. Although the shooting left many patrons shaken, witnesses say they believe the shooting was justified.
"He could have started shooting anybody," said Darlene Cox, who often shops at Buy For Less.
Some witnesses expressed concern for children in the area. A few doors down from Buy For Less is a children's dental center. Workers at the dental center told Fox-25 they shut down the center for the afternoon because they were worried for their patients' safety. Cox says she will often see families walk over after visits to their dentist.
"There's a lot of families and kids going into the store," said Cox.
Oklahoma City Police say although there were many witnesses to the confrontation, no one else was hurt. No word on the man's condition. Nelson says homicide detectives and internals affairs are investigating the case. Officials say the officers involved will likely be placed on administrative leave.
Posted: Thursday, October 25 2012, 10:09 PM CDT
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President Obama to speak on Oklahoma disaster
May 21, 2013 11:02 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on Tuesday before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday.
Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. The president also spoke Monday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Tom Cole, whose home is in the heavily damaged town of Moore.
The White House says Obama told Cole that the American people stand behind Oklahomans as they recover from the disaster.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate is heading to Oklahoma on Tuesday to ensure that federal resources are being properly deployed.
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