Tulsa Co DA Issues His Report On Last Month's Police Shooting


Thursday, September 2nd 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Police officers were justified when they
shot two teen-agers to death after they attempted to run over a
Jenks police officer, according to Tulsa County's district
attorney.
Dusty Ray Cagle, 18, of Sand Springs and Andrew James Ridgeway,
17, of Liberty were in a stolen truck when they led a Jenks patrol
car on a high-speed chase Aug. 14.
The chase ended when Jenks Officer Tim McDaniel and Glenpool
Officer Tracy Powell left their vehicle after a head-on collision
with the truck. The truck accelerated toward McDaniel when he
crossed in front of it.
Both officers fired at the truck, killing Ridgeway and Cagle.
The teens were unarmed.
A report released Wednesday says McDaniel fired his service
weapon 16 times, the first shot being fired while he was directly
in front of the truck. It was McDaniel's bullet that killed
Ridgeway, the passenger.
Powell, who had been riding with the Jenks officer, fired seven
times at the scene, killing Cagle. He had fired four other times
during the chase in attempts to disable the vehicle, the report
showed.
Cagle had gunshot wounds to the head and to each thigh, the
state medical examiner ruled. "The thigh injuries probably
resulted from the same projectile," the district attorney's report
says.
Ridgeway was shot once in the head and once in the right upper
arm.
District Attorney Tim Harris will now send his findings to the
FBI.