TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Department released body camera and dash-camera video on Tuesday of the March traffic stop that later led to an indictment of one of their officers.
An Oklahoma multi-county grand jury indicted Officer Aaron Russell on Sept. 3 for the shooting of 36-year-old Michael Delaney during the traffic stop. Russell is indicted for misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm.
Tulsa police say Russell responded to a call about a suspicious person in an SUV that was parked near 28th Street and S. Pittsburg Avenue around 1 a.m. on March 21.
Video shows Russell -- while talking to Delaney -- spotting a gun in the SUV and immediately telling Delaney to get out.
Russell tries to open the door and pull Delaney out but he drives off. That’s when Russell can be seen on video firing multiple shots into the side of the SUV, hitting Delaney once in the shoulder.
Officers say they later found Delaney hiding under a house in a nearby neighborhood.
Delaney was initially arrested for possession of firearm (after former conviction of a felony), assault with a deadly weapon, one felony warrant and three misdemeanor warrants.
Police say Delaney told them he ran because of his prior warrants.
“Review of the in-car video and body worn camera evidence did not support the initial belief that officers were assaulted with a vehicle, and the firearm was determined to be an airgun,” the Tulsa Police Department wrote in a statement accompanying the newly released video.
Delaney pled guilty to obstructing an officer.
Russel has been on administrative leave since March.
Police say based upon the return of this indictment, this case will be reviewed in District Court.
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