A chaotic police chase in Oklahoma City was only ended when the suspect, who investigators claim fired at an officer, crashed into a tree.
The wild scenes unfolded on Jan. 5 as Oklahoma City Police and the county’s Sheriff’s Office were pursuing a vehicle stolen by a driver identified as 22-year-old Hunter Berry, according to authorities.
Police in Oklahoma City say they first found Berry in a business parking lot before he fled, but “officers monitored the pursuit with the assistance of the police helicopter, which was providing updates from the air.”
Berry allegedly drove onto a property and attempted unsuccessfully to steal the homeowner’s vehicle, but he discovered a handgun inside and fled the scene in the red SUV that responding officers were tracking.
“Multiple times, Oklahoma City Police attempted to stop the fleeing driver using a maneuver known as a tactical vehicular intervention. The TVIs were useless “According to a police statement. “As Berry passed an officer from the Oklahoma City Police Department, he fired at the officer, striking the officer’s patrol vehicle.”
At one point during the chase, video showed the suspect slamming into a parked, unmarked police truck while an Oklahoma City cruiser attempted one of the maneuvers. As Berry drove away, two officers standing behind the truck with their weapons drawn appeared to lower them.
The pursuit came to an end when the vehicle collided with a tree in a wooded area.
“Berry exited the vehicle and refused to follow the officers’ instructions,” according to Oklahoma City Police. “Officers used less lethal weapons such as gas rounds and non-lethal impact rounds to help get Berry into handcuffs. Berry’s handgun was recovered at the location where he was apprehended.”
Berry is now charged with eluding a police officer, possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, and shooting with intent to kill, according to police.