Escaped Okla. inmate arrested after standoff with police

An escaped inmate was arrested after a pursuit and standoff with police that lasted for more than two hours

The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — An escaped Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate was arrested after a pursuit and standoff with law officers that lasted for more than two hours early Tuesday in Oklahoma City, police reported.

About 3:50 a.m., University of Oklahoma Police officers tried to stop a driver of a sport utility vehicle on the OU Medical Center campus, but the man sped off, police Lt. Michelle Henderson said.

Inmate Gordan Turnipseed
Inmate Gordan Turnipseed (Photo/ Oklahoma DOC)

Gordan L. Turnipseed, 28, was arrested after surrendering in an SUV stopped on NW 10 just east of N Rockwell Avenue near N Berry Street. Officers said Turnipseed refused to get out of the vehicle and had a gun.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Turnipseed, who had a GPS tracking monitor that stopped working on March 5, a DOC spokesman said.

DOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh praised law officers to bring a GPS walkaway into custody on Tuesday, DOC reported.

“Our hats are off to OU PD, Oklahoma City police and state troopers for bringing Gordan Turnipseed into custody,” Allbaugh said in a news release. “Fortunately, no one was hurt, and that’s testament to the skill of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who do their jobs every day.”

Turnipseed was serving a 6-year sentence for convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug possession with intent to distribute.

He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail Tuesday.


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