Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy verified that an officer involved shooting happened Saturday afternoon, Dec. 19, in southwest Altus. Murphy said that the shooting happened after a suspect ran from an officer trying to serve a felony warrant. The suspect was said to have pointed a weapon at the officer, who in turn, shot at the subject striking him in the upper chest. Murphy said the man was taken to Jackson County Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called in after the incident at the request of Altus Police. OSBI reports state that Altus police entered a home at 1213 Frisco to serve a felony arrest warrant on Pete Mendoza Miranda, Jr. Miranda, 35, who barricaded himself with a handgun in a bedroom of the house. He fled the house after a few minutes and was pursued by officers on foot.
OSBI reports that Miranda ran to a vacant lot in the 700 block of South Hickman where he took cover behind an abandoned vehicle. Agents are told Miranda drew a pistol from a holster beneath his coat and pointed it an officer. One officer fired several shots. Miranda was hit twice in the chest before he surrendered to police.
He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Miranda was then booked into the Jackson County jail on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of controlled dangerous drugs, and use of a firearm while committing a felony.
OSBI agents are still collecting information and evidence from the scene and will compile a comprehensive report for the district attorney. The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified. The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not been released.
The Altus Police Department requested OSBI investigate the case.
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