Police: Okla. officer's health improving after shooting

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan is responding to doctors' commands after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa police officer's health is improving after he was he was shot in the head during a traffic stop in which a fellow officer was killed, authorities said Wednesday.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was critically wounded during the Monday traffic stop. The other officer, Sgt. Craig Johnson, died of his wounds on Tuesday.

The suspected gunman, 32-year-old David Anthony Ware, was arrested following a search that lasted more than seven hours.

Zarkeshan's health has slightly improved and he’s responding to doctors' commands, Capt. Richard Meulenberg told The Associated Press. He did not provide more information on Zarkeshan's condition.

Funeral services for Johnson have not yet been planned, Meulenberg said.

Ware faces murder and other charges. Matthew Hall, a 29-year-old who police described as Ware's “accomplice,” has been charged with being an accessory to murder.

Court records do not list an attorney for either man. Both were being held without bond Wednesday at the Tulsa County jail.

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