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Oklahoma Cops Kill Accused Car Thief, Questions Raised (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Oklahoma City Police Department released a police body cam video (below) on April 4 of a fatal shooting of an accused car thief, George Lee Seeton, on March 4.

Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said the incident began when Seeton, who was allegedly driving a stolen pickup truck, led Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Moler on a high-speed pursuit, reports NewsOK.

Moler reportedly called for backup, which is when Oklahoma City Police Officer Jarrod Jackson came to the scene. The perspective of the body cam in the video is from Jackson.

According to Balderrama, Seeton backed the pickup truck toward the officers, so Moler and Jackson starting firing.

However, Jackson's body cam video appears to show Moler and Jackson standing to the left side of the vehicle. Seeton looks to be backing up to get back on the road, and possibly continue his getaway.

The Free Thought Project notes: "From the camera angle, it does not appear as though Mr. Seeton was attempting to hit or [injure] either one of the officers closing in on him. But camera angles can be deceiving. A fish-eye lens may not accurately describe just how close the officers were to the truck at the time it began to back up."

After Moler and Jackson fired several shots at Seeton, the vehicle stopped and the officers barked more orders at the wounded man, who died at the scene.

Not seen in the video below is when Moler and Jackson approached the pickup truck.

According to The Associated Press, Jackson and Moler opened the door of the pickup truck and Seeton fell out of the vehicle.

Authorities didn't say if Jackson or Moler fired the fatal shot at the 38-year-old man.

According to Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi, the chase began when Moler tried to stop Seeton on Interstate 240 over a broken tail light. Seeton reportedly stopped for Moler, but then started driving again when Moler was walking toward the vehicle.

Philippi said that Seeton led Moler on a chase that went over 100 mph on the highway, then exited the freeway in Oklahoma City and continued on city streets at more than 80 mph.

Philippi added: "Literally ... watching that video, it is intense. He's blowing stoplights, stop signs, barely missing citizens, you know, that are traveling through those intersections. Total disregard for anybody else that was out there."

The district attorney will decide if the police shooting was justified, notes KOCO.

Sources: KOCO, NewsOK, The Free Thought Project, AP via Yahoo! News / Photo credit: Oklahoma City Police Department/Wikimedia Commons

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