Officer involved shooting

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An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper was struck after a pursuit led to an officer-involved shooting in McAlester.

Officials on scene near the intersection of South Third Street and East South Avenue in McAlester said the OHP trooper was struck in his vest by “some sort of shrapnel” and “appeared not to be injured.”

OHP Public Information Officer Sarah Stewart said the trooper was taken to McAlester Regional Health Center to be evaluated.

The suspect was also taken to MRHC, who’s condition is currently unknown. 

McAlester Police Capt. Don Hass said a high-speed pursuit began after officers responded to a local liquor store for an alleged shoplifting incident.

The suspect then led officers on a pursuit down U.S. Highway 69 to the Indian Nation Turnpike before turning back towards McAlester, officials said.

Hass said OHP took lead in the pursuit before it ended at the intersection of South Third Street and East South Avenue where the suspect vehicle crashed and shots were fired.

This is a developing situation and more information will be available when it is gathered.