Suspect killed after shootout with law enforcement

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A violent chase that turned into a shootout on an Oklahoma turnpike brought traffic to a standstill for miles and killed a robbery suspect.

Police say the suspect fired multiple bullets at officers along the Turner Turnpike on Saturday afternoon as their vehicles were riddled with bullets.

The suspect was eventually shot.

“We are very fortunate that no citizens were injured during this pursuit,” said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Valerie Littlejohn.

According to soldiers on the scene, it all started when they were told that an armed robbery suspect from Sedona, Arizona was driving through the state.

“We located this vehicle and tried to initiate a traffic stop on I-40 and the council,” said Trooper Eric Foster of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The driver sped up and the chase began, eventually leading the soldiers to the Kilpatrick Turnpike.

“At approximately Penn of the West Area, the suspect began shooting at the soldier as the car was moving,” Foster said. “Several different bullets were fired at the soldier.”

This pursuit reached the Turner Turnpike when the soldiers were able to use a tactical maneuver to arrest the suspect. They were able to close traffic along the toll road.

“The suspect exited the vehicle, grabbed a long gun and began shooting at law enforcement,” Foster said.

The soldiers returned fire, with the suspect dying at the scene. Fortunately, no one else was injured.

“It can be very dangerous when you have someone shooting from a moving vehicle and there are other cars in the road,” Littlejohn said.

OHP continued to work on this scene throughout the day. The suspect involved has not yet been identified.

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