Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - A Valley Brook police officer was ambushed and shot from behind on a traffic stop. The suspect got away and is on the loose.
The incident occurred at around 5:30 PM on I-240 and Eastern Ave. The unidentified Valley Brook Police Officer stopped a vehicle and made contact with the driver. After making contact with the driver, the officer was walking back to his patrol car when the suspect opened fire on him, striking him in the upper leg. A deputy found the injured officer and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and started performing CPR, which suggests that the Valley Brook officer may have briefly died.
An ambulance arrived and transported the officer to the hospital in critical condition.
The suspect has not been publicly identified and there is a manhunt underway for the would-be killer. The suspect's red Chevrolet Avalanche was located by the nearby ToysRUs. A tactical team contacted the vehicle and found it to be empty.
It appears that the Valley Brook officer's life was saved by a tourniquet, which are not standard-issue equipment for police officers. Had this hero deputy not had access to a tourniquet, we would likely be mourning the loss of another hero today. One of the goals of Blue Lives Matter is to get these life-saving devices in the hands of every law enforcement officer in the country, which is why we donate a tourniquet to an officer when people become Blue Lives Matter members. We recommend each officer carry at least two tourniquets on them at all times. Our favorite tourniquets are the RATS tourniquets for their ease of application, but CATS tourniquets also work well. If you know an officer who does not carry a tourniquet please get them one, or two.
This Valley Brook officer is the second police officer to be ambushed from behind on the first day of the new year. Our thoughts and prayers are with this hero and his family. Our thanks goes out to the hero deputy who saved this officer's life.
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