LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - New details on a chase this weekend that ended with a Lawton police officer shooting a man twice. It happened overnight Saturday in Goodwill Village West near Southwest 14th Street and Southwest Jefferson. Residents in the community saw their community wrapped up in crime scene tape following the officer-involved shooting.
"I saw a whole bunch of cops with a gun drawn approaching a car. They were on the same side I live on," Kenneth Copeland, resident said.
He was at home when Steven Anthony Thompson was shot by the police officer following a chase.
"Then I heard two shots. Two or three shots. And a guy screamed," Copeland remembered.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation were called in to investigation. They say an officer, identified in a Lawton police report as a woman named Denig, heard gunshots near the 1800 block of Southwest Lee. That led the officer to a nightclub nearby, and people in the parking lot pointing to a car that was speeding off.
The officer tried to pull over the car, but ended up in the parking lot of this community. OSBI says the passenger, Thompson, got out and ran.
The officer went after him and said as he was running, turned toward her with a gun in his hand. That's when the officer opened fire, hitting him in the stomach and leg. OSBI said Thompson is expected to survive and the police officer was not hurt and put on leave.
On Monday, we tried to get the full name of the Lawton police officer involved. OSBI does not release that information. Lawton Police Department would not confirm that information with us. We have requested a roster of City of Lawton employees to independently confirm the officer's name. A city's spokeswoman said they should provide us that information on Tuesday.
OSBI said that once their investigation is completed, they will submit their findings to the District Attorney's office to determine if the shooting was justified.