ADA, OK - Cordell Tebe, the 26-year-old man accused of stealing from Walmart and eluding police officers Friday in an incident that ended with shots fired in the store's parking lot, appeared in court today.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says they are continuing to investigate if the shots fired at Tebe's vehicle by an Ada police officer and off-duty Roff police officer were warranted. They say they're looking into whether those shots were spurred by a legitimate threat.
The OSBI says around 5 p.m. Friday an off-duty Ada officer who was already at the Wal-Mart waited for the suspect to leave the store when she heard the crime on a police radio. They say when Tebe ran outside, he jumped inside a waiting pickup truck, and attempted to flee, almost striking the officer.
According to the OSBI, the officer fired her handgun at the truck, as did an off-duty Roff reserve officer. No one was injured by the gunfire. A short pursuit with the truck ensued until officers shot out one the vehicle's tires. Tebe ran from the vehicle, but was quickly apprehended by the officer. Tebet was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and felony eluding.
"The Ada Police Department requested OSBI investigate the officer-involved shooting even though no one was struck by a projectile. Agents will complete a detailed report and deliver it to the district attorney," an OSBI spokesperson said in a media release.
Because of the investigation, the state has requested additional time to file Tebe's case. His next court appearance is set for August 20th. He remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.