Police say Hakeem Tucker, 18, was armed and pointed a gun at officers who arrested him Thursday.
Fortunately, one of the officers was able to take control of the gun before anyone got hurt.
“I told him (Tucker) keep his hands where I can see them and the next thing I know there’s a gun coming over his shoulder," Officer Evan Domine said. "It was just reactionary to grab it (the gun) right away because I didn’t have my gun out at the time.”
Chief Ed Flynn said Officer Domine and three other officers were on patrol Thursday when they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near 72nd and Capitol.
When officers ran the plate, they realized the car was wanted in connection with the murder of Stephanie Jones.
“Despite the fact that Tucker was armed and dangerous and produced a firearm which he aimed in their direction, their willingness to wrestle it out of his hands without using deadly force reflects the highest credit imaginable," Chief Ed Flynn said.
Tucker tried to run after being disarmed, but he didn't get far.
Mayor Tom Barrett thanked the officers for their hard work during a news conference Friday.
“In my mind, everyone of these men put their lives on the line to do what they did last night," Mayor Barrett said.
These for officers were give special "challenge coins" by Chief Flynn:
- Evan Domine
- Omarlo Phillips
- Andrew Schnell
- Richard Voden
Hakeem Tucker's background:
TODAY'S TMJ4 learned Tucker was sentenced last year to 40 months in prison for armed robbery, but a judge agreed to let him out after just 9 months.
Less than a month after Tucker was released, police say he killed his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Jones and also shot the teen girl's father. The homicide took place on January 3.
Jones' father remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Chief Flynn expects the district attorney's office will file formal charges against Tucker next week.
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