OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police on Tuesday released an officer’s body camera video of the fatal police shooting of a man when officers say backed a pickup truck toward two Oklahoma law officers after leading a state trooper on a vehicle pursuit.
“The suspect puts his vehicle in reverse, backs up in the direction of the officer and the trooper, and that’s when they discharged their weapons,” Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said.
Authorities haven’t said whether Oklahoma City Officer Jarrod Jackson or state highway patrol Trooper Mike Moler fired the shot that killed 38-year-old George Lee Seeton on March 4.
The video shows several shots being fired, then Seeton falling from the truck when officers opened the door, with his foot caught between the door and the truck.
Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi said the pursuit began about 6:45 a.m. March 4 when Moler tried to stop the truck on Interstate 240 for a broken tail light. Seeton initially stopped, then fled as Moler walked toward the pickup, leading the trooper on a vehicle chase that exceeded 100 mph on the interstate and more than 80 mph on city streets after exiting the interstate in Oklahoma City.
“Literally … watching that video, it is intense. He’s blowing stoplights, stop signs, barely missing citizens, you know, that are travelling through those intersections,” Philippi said. “Total disregard for anybody else that was out there.”
Balderrama said Oklahoma City police were asked for assistance because no trooper was nearby and an Oklahoma City officer was close and available to help.
Balderrama said an investigative report that will be given to the district attorney’s office to determine whether the shooting was justified is “basically” completed.
“Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate situation anytime somebody loses their life,” Balderrama said. “At the same time we’re very lucky that we did not get a trooper or a police officer hurt or killed.”