UPDATE: Two troopers were injured as a result of this incident. They were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was contacted by the Sedona, Arizona police department to be on the lookout for a vehicle driven by armed robbery suspect, CHARLES CARSWELL (DOB 02/01/1990).
Troopers located the vehicle in Canadian County, and attempted a traffic stop, but Carswell fled, initiating a pursuit. The pursuit entered the Kilpatrick Turnpike, and Carswell began firing shots at troopers through his rear window. Troopers made several unsuccessful attempts to perform a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) on the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
When the Carswell entered the Turner Turnpike, troopers performed a successful TVI on Carswell’s vehicle at the 140 mile marker, bringing the pursuit to a stop. Immediately, as the vehicle came to a stop, Carswell exited his vehicle, grabbed a rifle, and began firing more rounds at law enforcement. Carswell barricaded himself behind his vehicle until the OHP Tactical Team arrived. Carswell continued to fire at law enforcement, and troopers fired back, killing Carswell.
Oklahoma City Police Department, as well as the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office, assisted OHP with the conclusion of the incident.
OHP Troop Z Investigations Division will be leading the investigation, and the troopers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative duties pending the conclusion of the investigation.
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