Video: Armed suspect ambushes Okla. officers inside trailer

Police were searching for a burglary suspect when they found him hiding in a storage area under a bed armed with a pistol


By Sarah Calams
Police1

OKLAHOMA CITY — Earlier this month, three Oklahoma City police officers went inside a trailer searching for a burglary suspect from Missouri. Once inside, the officers made a potentially life-threatening discovery.

Police were searching for Timothy Johnson inside the trailer on November 15 when they found him hiding in a storage area under a bed, KOCO.com reported.

“Shots fired! Shots fired!” an officer is heard yelling in the video.

Footage captures Johnson armed with a pistol – pointing it directly at the responding officers.

“Come out with your hands up!” another officer yells.

Two officers run for cover, but one is stuck on the other side of the trailer. The suspect shoots again and police return fire into the bed. In the video, one officer flies backwards after getting hit by debris.

“I’m hit. I’m hit. I’m hit. We’re stuck inside the trailer. I’m hit in the face,” an officer says.

The officers were able to escape from the trailer and waited for a backup tactical team. Five hours later, police went inside the trailer and found Johnson dead from the gunfire exchange.

The shot officer was treated and later released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The owner of the trailer, who police said knew the suspect was armed when granting officers permission to search, was arrested for harboring a fugitive.

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