Two Tulsa Police Officers Shot Amid Arrest

Tulsa Police Shooting

The Tulsa Police department has just released footage from June 29th of two police officers being shot while apprehending someone for disorderly driving at 3AM. In the bodycam footage, which totals roughly 20 minutes, Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan can be seen ordering the suspect to get out of his car, as well as tasering him and spraying him with little success.

Once the suspect finally gets out of the car, he can be seen pulling a gun from within his vehicle and firing it at both officers. Following the incident, Sgt. Johnson died on June 30th at a Tulsa hospital after being taken off life support.

On the incident, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said:

“Two officers were gunned down. You know, we’re supposed to be a civilized society. We’re supposed to be a society that is different, is modern,” he said. “Yet to me, it seems as though criminals have more … rights than what you and I do. They have more rights than what our law enforcement officers do.”

“You would never be allowed publicly to see the execution of a criminal, yet today you get to publicly see the execution of a police officer. What kind of society is that?”

The shooter, David Anthony Ware, aged 33, may face the death penalty for the first-degree murder of Johnson, in addition to being charged with shooting Zarkeshan with intent to kill him.

The story comes just days after two police officers were shot in Compton when a lone gunman runs up to their parked vehicle and fires shots into their car window.

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