Tulsa Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting, Pursuit

Friday, August 21st 2020, 5:19 pm
By: Erick Payne

TULSA, Okla. -

Tulsa police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting that ended with a car crashing into a house near 25th and Memorial.

TPD said it started when someone called 9-1-1 around 5 p.m. Friday about a man who looked suspicious and possibly involved in drug activity in the neighborhood.

The man was identified as 36-year-old Anthony Rucker.

Tulsa police said as officers were pulling into the neighborhood near 25th and Memorial, Rucker made a run for it. Officers chased after him around the neighborhood, but he doubled back.

"He was able to get back to his car, when he got in his car and put it in drive, he actually struck a Tulsa Police officer,” Jeanne Pierce with TPD said. “That officer was able to shoot one round at that suspect as he was driving away from the scene.”

Pierce said the bullet went into the man’s car and hit him through Rucker's arm and leg.

Even after Rucker was shot, investigators said he quickly drove off trying to make a getaway with speeds near 70 miles per hour. Officers kept him in sight right up until he crashed into a house.

The house was badly damaged, but fortunately nobody is living there right now.

Police said the officer who was hit by the Rucker’s car has some road-rash injuries but will be okay.

The name of the officer involved has not been released.

Rucker was taken to a nearby hospital, released and booked by Tulsa police on Sunday evening.