Tulsa Police on Tuesday released body camera footage showing the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man on Interstate 44 who shot two people at a south Tulsa strip mall earlier this month.
The video begins with Tulsa Police Department officers in a police cruiser responding to a dispatcher notifying them that Derrec Shaw, 25, had shot two people at separate locations after being observed “acting erratic and strange” while at a strip mall in the 4900 block of South Peoria Avenue on May 10.
Through an officer-worn body camera, an unidentified officer is seen readying a department-issued patrol rifle while approaching the area. The officer exits the vehicle and runs down an alley behind Cici’s Pizza at 4949 S. Peoria Ave. to investigate Shaw’s whereabouts.
There, employees and patrons outside the restaurant frantically tell the officer that Shaw is still in the area. Police later learned that Shaw had pointed a gun at a motorist before shooting that person in the shoulder and later another man in the chin.
After being told by pedestrians near China Wok, 4971 S. Peoria Ave., that Shaw had run across Skelly Drive and was shooting at vehicles on I-44, the officer continues the pursuit up an embankment along the highway.
“Hold traffic! Hold traffic! He’s got a gun,” the officer says into his radio while in pursuit of Shaw.
Seconds later, about 6 minutes, 48 seconds into the video, the officer fires two rounds at Shaw, who immediately falls to the pavement. The officer then runs across the highway, narrowly avoiding a vehicle.
“The suspect is down,” says the officer into his radio after reaching another portion of the highway. “Stay on the ground! Let me see your hands!
The radio communication continues.
“The suspect is down. I can’t see his hands,” the officer says. “He’s got a gun next to him.”
Additional officers soon arrived on the highway to stop traffic and assist the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in closing all lanes of I-44 along Peoria Avenue to begin the investigation.
Shaw was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A Police Department public information officer said the officer followed proper training in stopping Shaw despite discharging his service weapon on a highway and then running into traffic. Police said there were no protocols for what officers should do on highways.
Further, the officer was not heard in the video identifying himself before firing. Police officials said the immediate danger did not allow time for the officer to do so.
The officer identifying himself would likely have not changed the outcome and possibly led to pedestrians being placed in further danger, police said.
As of Tuesday, the officer remains on administrative leave and will be identified after an investigation by the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.