Police: Sand Springs Officer Fires At Driver Who Tried To Hit Him
SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma - Police say a Sand Springs officer shot at a woman who tried to run him down in a school parking lot Friday. Now that woman is behind bars.
A Sand Springs police officer saw an Infiniti SUV that had been reported stolen driving through the parking lot of Northwoods Elementary at 1691 Old North Road. According to police, when the officer tried to flag the driver down she turned towards him and accelerated.
The officer stepped out of his car and fired two shots at her - one hit in front of the stolen vehicle the other hit the front windshield but didn't go through. The SUV hit the squad car head-on, knocking the officer to the ground.
The SUV came to a stop in a ditch. The woman, 41-year-old Stacy Ann Bunsey, would not get out of the SUV and at one point stood up through the sun roof and shouted at officers.
Much of the scene was caught on video by people nearby, and parents like Heather Rogers and Mary Wilcox were stunned to hear about what happened.
"One of the parents contacted me on Facebook and said 'Why are there all of these police cars at the school?' And it scared the heck out of me," Rogers said.
Wilcox said, "The car looks bad, and you just hope he is OK. That's what they train for, but you don't want to see it happen to anyone."
The video shows police surround the vehicle before two officers climbed onto the roof and eventually opened the passenger side door. An officer tased Bunsey and then police arrested her.
Police Chief Mike Carter said all this happened after she rammed into a patrol car.
"One officer stayed back here on the road, and when she came back at him, he was standing behind his car door and she accelerated straight at him and struck his car head-on at a high rate of speed," he said.
The officer was hurt, but police said his injuries were not serious. He went to the hospital to be checked out and is now back home recovering.
Bunsey is being held on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding a police officer, assault and battery with a deadly weapon on a police officer, DUI drugs and resisting arrest.
Wilcox said, "People are nuts. It's a crazy world we live in - it doesn't matter if it's in front of a school or a church."
Police said the next step is to review the body cam video the officer was wearing. They said they'll eventually be able to release that.