The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released dashcam video of a trooper-involved shooting that happened in Woodward in August. According to reports, Trooper Austin Ellis attempted to initiate a traffic stop for a seat belt violation. That’s when the driver, Arturo Ramirez, failed to yield. And instead of pulling over, Ramirez pulled into the parking lot of a Days Inn Hotel on Highway 183, where he opened fire on the trooper.
Trooper Ellis was hit in the chest, but his vest stopped the bullet. Ramirez was shot once in the hand. From there, he drove off with the trooper in pursuit. In an effort to get away, Ramirez later reportedly crawled through the open garage door of a residence along Western Avenue, before allegedly breaking into an outbuilding. “A perimeter was established with cooperation from local law enforcement. And a suspect was apprehended by the Oklahoma Highway patrol,” Colonel Mike Harrell, with OHP, said.
Ramirez was then taken into custody. And Trooper Ellis was taken by Air Evac to the OU Medical Center. “The bullet actually did not penetrate the body, but there was enough force inside the vest compartment that it caused that fractured rib,” Colonel Harrell said. Trooper Ellis suffered a fractured rib, and internal bleeding. He is out of the hospital now, but is still on leave. “I tell everybody almost every day, these guys are my heroes. They face an unknown danger every time they step outside that car,” Colonel Harrell said. Arturo Ramirez is facing several charges including shooting with intent to kill.
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