Police identify suspect in deadly officer-involved shooting at Del City Walmart
Del City, Okla (KOKH) —
Two officers are now recovering after a shootout at the Del City Walmart on Saturday night.
The suspect, 25-year-old Gabriel Carter, was shot and killed.
Officers were called to the store in on Feb. 9, 2019 around 10:45 pm for reports of a shoplifter. Police say Carter stole a handheld rotary tool. He was then detained in an office at the front of the store by an asset protection employee and a security officer.
Prior to arriving at Walmart, the Del City officer learned Carter had a felony warrant out for his arrest from Oklahoma County. When he came to take Carter into custody, he tried to resist.
"During the struggle, the suspect produced a small semi-automatic pistol and fired shots at the officers," said Capt. Bradley Rule with the Del City Police Department.
Carter shot the security officer in the arm and abdomen and the Del City officer in the leg. The Del City officer shot Carter twice in the back.
Police say the struggle happened in a very small room.
"You’ve got desks and filing cabinets and a suspect and three people fighting in a confined space, so there’s not a lot room for movement," Rule said.
The security officer, 51-year-old Marvin Asche, is also an Amber police officer. He was working off-duty at Walmart. Asche is still in the hospital.
Police aren't releasing the name of the Del City officer, but say he's been on the force about seven years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, pending the outcome of the investigation.
"Something so simple as a shoplifting turned into a deadly encounter for our officers," said Rule. "It just goes to show we have no idea, walking into these things."
The Oklahoma County District Attorney will ultimately determine whether the shooting was justified.
Del City police are asking anyone who heard or saw anything inside Walmart that night to get in touch with them.
Walmart released this statement after the shooting:
We are saddened by the tragic incident. We’re thankful for actions of the responding police departments and our thoughts and prayers go out to the two officers injured. We are working closely with law enforcement. Since this is an active investigation, we will refer additional questions to them.