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Shooting details released

March 15, 2013

The car chase which took place the last week of February has been the topic of conversation for many weeks now. Details have finally been released.

The man who reported his car stolen, Geary Dial, informed the authorities when he reported the vehicle stolen that the man, Russell Doctor, may have a gun with him in the vehicle.

Pushmataha County Sheriff’s department sent a teletype to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to be on the lookout for the Ford Escort and the dispatcher, Linda Houston, sent a message to the local units by mobile cop.

Shortly after receiving the message, Trooper Tommy Allen saw the Escort heading west on Main Street in Antlers.

When Allen caught up with the Escort, Doctor pulled to the shoulder. When Allen began to step out of his patrol unit, Doctor took off heading west on HWY 3. As they approached the north bound ramp of the Indian Nation Turnpike, Doctor turned left and got on the turnpike.

Doctor heading towards the toll booth plaza and the pay lane was backed up. He then crossed two lanes of traffic and entered the pike pass lane. The toll booth attendant held traffic for their safety because of Doctor’s erratic driving.

At this point OHP Trooper Tommy Richardson and Antlers Police Department’s Assistant Chief Jake Merck had joined the pursuit.

After clearing the toll plaza, Allen attempted to perform a TVI (tactical vehicle intervention) on the Escort. Doctor swerved towards the Trooper’s unit, making Allen take evasive action not to be hit. Another TVI was attempted but Doctor was able to counter the movement. Allen then repositioned himself on the Escorts’ passenger side and successfully performed a TVI, sending the Escort into the center median, but Doctor was able to bring the Escort back onto the road and exited into the McDonald's and EZ Go’s parking lot.

Allen was able to cut through the median and get in front of the Escort and then he pinned the Escort of the passenger side, attempting to stop the pursuit. Doctor continued to attempt to flee by accelerating the vehicle, causing both vehicles to go into a clockwise rotation.

According to the police reports, while Allen was trying to get the vehicle stopped, Doctor was seen searching around inside of the vehicle.

On the patrol units’ video, it was obvious to officers that Doctor removes his seat belt, opens the driver side car door and was holding a gun in his hand.

Trooper Allen fired his duty pistol through his front windshield, bringing both vehicles to a stop. Troopers Allen and Richardson then excited their units. Allen then removed a chamber loaded 30/30 rifle from Doctor’s lap.

Also located inside the vehicle was a chamber loaded CBC .16 gauge single shot shotgun.

The vehicle came back registered to Geary Dial. Both weapons were identified as being stolen from Troy Splawn’s residence on February 27, 2013.

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