Tulsa, OK – A gunman accused of shooting a man and firing at police during a slow-speed pursuit was fatally shot by officers after he tried to take off on foot with the gun still in his hand (video below).
The altercation began at approximately 12:40 p.m. on June 15 after the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Eric Portillo, allegedly shot a man and pistol-whipped him at a convenience store near Garnett Road and 21st Street, Tulsa World reported.
Tulsa Police Officer Dean Montgomery and an officer-in-training heard the gunfire and headed in that direction.
According to witnesses, Portillo jumped into a vehicle with a female driver after the shooting, and fled the scene, Tulsa World reported.
He allegedly fired at the officers as they chased after him, police said.
The woman bailed out of the car a short while later, but Portillo wasn’t about to surrender.
The armed attacker got into the driver’s seat and took off through residential areas.
At least one of the vehicle’s tires was flattened during the chase, dashcam footage showed.
Portillo ultimately pulled into a cul-de-sac, and bailed out of the vehicle while it was still in motion.
The car traveled up a slight hill and came to rest against the side of a home.
“Gun’s in hand, gun’s in hand!” the officer trainee warned, as Portillo took off on foot.
Officer Montgomery rapidly fired four rounds at the moving suspect, and Portillo immediately collapsed to the ground, bodycam footage showed.
“Shots fired – he had the gun in his hand,” one officer said over the radio.
Additional officers arrived at the scene and moved in to take the wounded suspect into custody.
“The gun’s over here by the fence,” one of the officers said, pointing out Portillo’s weapon.
The gunman was rushed to a local hospital, where he died two days later, KOKI reported.
Officer Montgomery, a 21-year veteran-of-the-force, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as per protocol, according to Tulsa World.
You can watch bodycam and dashcam footage of the officers’ encounter with Portillo in the video below: