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July 13, 2014

Shots fired at local department store: Man faces multiple charges

Ada — Police fired several shots at a fleeing suspect Friday after he allegedly drove a vehicle toward them.

The incident occurred at Ada Wal-Mart late Friday afternoon. Store loss prevention officers called central dispatch when a man they saw Thursday take cases of beer and run out of the store without paying, enter the store again on Friday.

 According to radio traffic, store officials were following 26-year-old Cordell Lee Tebe of Konawa when he left the beer in the store and walked out. An Ada police detective was at the store and heard the call go out over the radio. The detective joined store loss prevention officers while they attempted to arrest Tebe for the Thursday theft.

Tebe ran away toward a pickup with three alleged accomplices waiting inside. Police said Tebe jumped in the passenger side of the pickup and told the driver to take off. When she refused, Tebe pushed her out of the pickup and took control of the vehicle.

The detective and an off-duty Roff reserve officer drew their handguns on Tebe and ordered him to stop. When Tebe backed the pickup toward the officers, they opened fire in an attempt to disable the vehicle.

Police hit and flattened one of the tires, but Tebe drove away. No one was injured in the incident. The detective and other police pursued Tebe down Country Club Road, then down A Street before he stopped the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

Officers tackled him to the ground and arrested him. Two other people in the pickup, and the woman who was pushed out in the parking lot, were also arrested. Police did not release the identities of the three other suspects or the names of the officers involved by press time Saturday. Several stolen items were found inside the pickup, police said.

Tebe was originally going to be arrested for petit larceny, which carries a $500 fine. Instead, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and eluding police officers. Pontotoc County Justice Center staff said Tebe is being held without bail, pending a court appearance at 1:15 p.m.

Monday.

Ada police requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation oversee the investigation of the incident. OSBI released a statement Saturday.

“The Ada Police Department requested OSBI investigate the officer-involved shooting even though no one was struck by a projectile. Agents will complete a detailed report and deliver it to the district attorney,” the statement read.

Tebe was arrested by Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies in early June after he allegedly attempted to steal a metal box from a residence in the Oakman community. A homeowner saw and confronted Tebe and a woman, who then left the scene. They were stopped by Chickasaw Lighthorse police in Byng. Tebe was charged June 3 in district court with attempted petit larceny.

According to court records, Tebe has been charged with several crimes in Pontotoc and Seminole counties, including driving under the influence of alcohol and unlawful entry.

 

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