Tulsa officers gain national attention after televised takedown

by: Sara Whaley Updated:

TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • A Tulsa police officer says he worried a man was going to use his gun after he took off during an investigation into a marijuana smell.
  • The investigation reportedly started after police saw two men 'sitting suspiciously' in a car.
  • Both men were arrested.
  • WATCH FOX23 Sara Whaley's full report above.

 

An officer is telling his side of the story after video footage revealed a struggle for a gun during an investigation into a marijuana smell.

FOX23 talked to one Tulsa Police gang unit officer who was caught on video “fighting for his life” in late January.

The video first aired on A&E’s Live PD last week.

The video is more than 5 minutes long and reportedly shows Officer Justin Beal and Officer Stephen Blaylock wrestling a suspect for a loaded gun in his waistband.

The encounter happened at a north Tulsa apartment complex.

Beal says the suspect and another man were sitting suspiciously in a car.

When they got out to “make friendly contact,” Beal says the officers smelled marijuana.


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Beal detained one person who was compliant, but Blaylock’s suspect reportedly took off running.

The video shows the two officers tackle the suspect, and then for several minutes, Blaylock can be seen holding the suspect in a headlock while Beal tries to get the gun away.

Beal says he had to pry the suspect’s fingers away from the gun, but the suspect kept reaching for the gun with both hands.

Beal said, “There was no doubt in my mind he was going to use that gun on one of us.”

The suspect was later identified as Landon Williams.

He has been charged with possession of a firearm under department of corrections supervision, aggravated on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Last week, a judge strengthened his bond to $50,000. Williams has a preliminary hearing in March.

Williams’ record shows he’s had run-ins with the law before, but nothing violent.

He was previously convicted of burglary and accus


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