VIDEO: Officer Takes Out Active Shooter Across Six Lanes Highway Traffic

A Tulsa police officer dispatched an active shooter when he fatally shot the suspect on the side of a busy highway.

Tulsa, OK – A Tulsa police officer fatally shot an active shooter after the armed man ran onto a busy freeway with his weapon and began firing at random cars (video below).

The incident began at about 6:30 p.m. on May 10 when officers responded to a call about an active shooter at a strip mall in the 4900-block of South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa World reported.

Tulsa police said witnesses warned that 25-year-old Derrec Shaw was “acting erratic and strange” when he left his residence earlier in the evening.

The entire incident was captured by bodycam and began as officers were being dispatched to the scene, Tulsa World reported.

Bodycam showed the officer driving the police car grabbing his patrol rifle in preparation for arriving at the scene.

When the officers pulled up in the alley behind the strip mall, they stopped their police car and ran the rest of the way to the scene.

The video showed they encountered a large group of panicked people in the alley who had just escaped out the back door of a Cici’s Pizza after the shooter had come in through the front door and opened fire.

In the video, the officer called for backup to assist with the victims as employees and patrons pointed him in the direction that Shaw had run.

Police later learned that at that point, the suspect had already shot a motorist in the shoulder and another man in the chin, Tulsa World reported.

Bodycam showed the officer ran through the nearly-empty pizza restaurant and out the front door, as bystanders continued to point him in the direction the gunman had fled.

He ran around two sides of the strip mall and then witnesses in the parking lot told him the suspect had run towards Interstate 44 and was shooting at vehicles, the video showed.

As the officer ran, he advised dispatch to “hold traffic, hold traffic – he’s got a gun.”

The video showed the officer crossed over the access road and ran up the berm to take a position along a concrete barrier, facing the highway.

Less than two seconds later, he fired two shots across six lanes of busy highway, the video showed.

Shaw was hit and dropped to the pavement on the far side of the road with his gun beside him. No other vehicles or people were hit by the officer’s well-placed gunshots.

Bodycam showed the officer ran across the first three lanes of traffic, dodging oncoming cars and trucks, to get to the median strip, where the camera showed the suspect was down in the emergency lane on the other side of three more lanes of traffic.

“Okay, suspect is down,” the officer told the dispatcher.

“Stay on the ground. Stay on the ground and let me see your hands!” the officer yelled at Shaw as he kept his weapon on the suspect.

“Suspect is down. Can’t see his hands. I got a gun right next to him,” he told the dispatcher.

Then a Good Samaritan stopped to try to help the downed man on the side of the road and the officer yelled at her to get away from Shaw.

At that point, other officers started arriving on the highway median to back up the officer who had shot the suspect.

Additional units arrived and began stopping the highway traffic as officers rushed across lanes of the freeway to surround Shaw and take him into custody, the video showed.

The officer who shot Shaw spotted EMS stuck in traffic approaching the scene and ran to wave them through, the video showed.

Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene, Tulsa World reported.

The officer’s tactics were met with some criticism in the wake of the incident by people who didn't like how he took out an active shooter.

But the officer's department backed him up.

A Tulsa Police Department public information officer told Tulsa World that the department has no protocols for what officers should do on highways.

The police department said that the officer followed his training during the incident, despite the fact he shot across six lanes of highway and then dashed into traffic, Tulsa World reported.

Tulsa police also said that the officer hadn’t had time to identify himself before he opened fire on Shaw, but that even if he had, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome and might have put more civilians in jeopardy.

The officer who shot Shaw was placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, Tulsa World reported.

The name of the officer was withheld pending an investigation by the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.

Watch the incident unfold at 6:10 in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content.

Comments (58)
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GMMiller
GMMiller

That's a badass man right there, ran all that way and was still able to take a clean shot.

deerodad
deerodad

Great Shot, And The Officer Gets to Go Home.

PatrolandNarc
PatrolandNarc

Good job, thankful that no one else got hurt, and the officer clearly knew SOP afterwards..

John Chapman
John Chapman

Outstanding job. Just flat-out OUTSTANDING!

rambo4ca
rambo4ca

way to use that equipment..great job

Daughter
Daughter

Great job guys....so glad your safe... Thank you for all the risks you take GODBLESS YOU ALL!!!!

LynnSB
LynnSB

One Bad MF'er I'll bet there is Military Training right there -- Spot On Officer !!! God Bless !!

BGenie
BGenie

Wow, that was an overwhelming number of jackasses who could see a massive amount of police activity, but decided to drive through it anyway. A few didn't even care when the cop waved at them to stop. SMH

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

Who needs hollywood?

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

Tremendous aim! Applause all round to the officer!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Impressive! Another great officer saving lives.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Nice shooting Officer, ALL Active shooter situations should end like THIS,,it would make the other think twice

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Damn Good Training here, Bless this Officer

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Officer was in very good shape to run all that way and still put Rounds on Target. love it.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

WOW...just WOW!!! We love our Oklahoma LEO's...and EMSA!!!!!

rstafford135
rstafford135

Outstanding job by all, to the officer that took the shot, he is most deserving of the medal of Valor. This man is a true HERO. God bless our LEO’s and first responders!

Ninamarie
Ninamarie

This guy is a hero! He probably save many lives! He was so calm excellent training! OUTSTANDING JOB!!

Rayb
Rayb

Awesome job! He did what he was supposed to do.. happy ending... bad guys dead..

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Good job! Well trained officer showing great discipline.

wmc50
wmc50

"The officer’s tactics were met with some criticism in the wake of the incident by people who didn't like how he took out an active shooter."

Seriously! Just shut the Hell up.

gvinny67
gvinny67

Great job Officer!

That punk won't hurt anyone else!

LEO0301
LEO0301

How could anyone in their right mind criticize the officer for saving lives? What in the hell is wrong with people?!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I like the two old people in CiCi's who stayed to finish their pizza while everyone else is running for their lives.

TwiztidRich
TwiztidRich

Great Job, Officer. Job well done.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Amazing, what a marksman! Good job! Glad all officers r safe

SaltyMonkey
SaltyMonkey

i want his scope

vwiles34
vwiles34

Great job, And anyone who criticizes the officer's actions should talk to the ones who were shot. But if he hadn't shot and the gunman had shot and killed someone in a passing car you'd have people asking why the officer hadn't shot the gunman before he killed someone. Nowadays LEO's just can't win despite what they do or don't do.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

That was such a good shot, job well done!

TransportAl
TransportAl

Best I’ve seen in years. I dare anyone else to try and run that far, catch his breath and get off a clean shot.

JannaRae33
JannaRae33

EPIC SHOT!~

MotoJB
MotoJB

Happy Ending

Wish505
Wish505

No one knows how many lives the officer saved. Good job.

xcop137
xcop137

In the first place what a nightmare scenario for the officers. Not just the fact you have gunman shooting people but he runs out onto a busy freeway. To the critics of the police officer I would say you need to check your yourselves carefully for what it is that would see anything but absolute professionalism in these offices and their selfless act of running after an active shooter and placing themselves in extreme danger to protect the public. Absolutely textbook policing.

Deaf Smith
Deaf Smith

And that is why a good AR is a nice thing to keep handy in the car for times you need to 'reach out and touch someone'. Good shooting.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Great job officer!! Especially since the shooter assumed room temperature!! One less psycho POS sucking air.

Grog
Grog

Good shot, especially with his heart rate up and heart beating at least 120 beats per minute!!!!! He has his rifle perfectly zeroed!

sassy52
sassy52

Great job officer!!! Your awesome!!

IsupportLEOs
IsupportLEOs

Beyond awesome, Officer!

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Damn, i' m winded just watching. Fan-fn-tastic job

ChrisH71
ChrisH71

All that running, he didnt even sound winded. Awesome job for the Officer. 2 shots, and situation was over. Nice work.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Let's see, people didn't like how he took out an active shooter. Maybe he was supposed to cross all lanes of traffic and talk the shooter out of his weapon, maybe let him continue to shoot at traffic because he wasn't shooting at them. Maybe he would run out of ammunition before anybody else got hurt. Are you kidding me ? The Officer assessed the situation and stopped the risk before anybody else got hurt or killed. Well done and no Officers were hurt and got to go home to their families. These Monday morning quarterbacks, who know nothing about Police procedure, just kill me with their remarks.

Ljsgirl08
Ljsgirl08

Awesome job Officer. You most likely saved several lives that day.

lilroses
lilroses

This officer Should train others how to be great. He is awesome!

No How No Way
No How No Way

So glad they stood behind him. Going to be riots now?

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Now THIS is "Gun Control"

GPH
GPH

Officer out on routine patrol when the call comes in for an active shooter. Officer calmly puts down his coffee and proceeds to the scene while getting his long rifle ready. Officer then runs towards the violence and executes a perfect shot to end the threat. That is superhero stuff right there. Someone get him a fresh cup of coffee.

Mfithian
Mfithian

Mentally and physically prepared!

lauraaz
lauraaz

Wow!

LilSLMS
LilSLMS

In 6.minutes, this officer made the best decisions he was trained to do. Most of us who are wives, cant see how quickly that process is because we're not trained all the time for this scenario! Even after the shot was taken, his focus became to get EMS to the person shot because it was ingrained! I watched 4 times to try and see all the details and still missed so many! GREAT TRAINING OFFICER! Your blue family always has your 6! Well done. Text book training.

Conservative4Ever
Conservative4Ever

I love stories with happy endings. Fantastic shot!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Much love to TPD! 💙

les0060
les0060

To run all that way and take two shots at suspect and a take out shot. Training, training makes you better. Awesome job brothers.

Titaniumman11
Titaniumman11

The man did his job. Well Done!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Guessing Prior Military -- Bad Ass Man !! GREAT Officer !! God Bless You putting your life on the line for others to be Safe !!

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

It's even better when you see he is still drinking his drink and holding it while driving to the scene at top speed! ROFL