A man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer after his vehicle hit two police cruisers has been federally charged with assault, court documents show.
Andrew Roberts, 65, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has been charged in the Northern District of Oklahoma with assault with intent to commit murder in Indian Country and assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country.
At around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, two officers were transporting an unrelated prisoner through downtown Tulsa when the officer following noticed a vehicle driving erratically.
The officer thought the driver might be trying to get police attention, so the officer pulled over at Sixth Street and Denver Avenue, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday.
According to the affidavit, the vehicle, which was later determined to be driven by Roberts, passed the getaway officer’s car, hitting that car’s side mirror. The vehicle then attempted to crash into the lead officer’s car, but the car pushed it away.
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Roberts then turned his car around and attempted to reverse engineer the second officer’s car, but he was also able to get out of the way.
Roberts then fled in his car, but officers were unable to follow as they were transporting a prisoner.
Roberts then drove to another person’s home west of downtown Tulsa, where he argued with that person and allegedly told them he was going to ram his car into their home, according to the affidavit.
Roberts left when this person said they were going to call the police.
An officer responded to this person’s 911 call and saw Roberts’ car speeding behind her. The officer, who was at a stop sign, accelerated to lessen the impact of Roberts’ car.
Roberts’ car slammed into the officer’s car in the rear, then he drove his car into the driver’s side and continued to ram the police cruiser, the affidavit said.
Roberts then attempted to ram the officer’s car head-on, but the officer was able to pull away.
Another officer arrived on the scene and parked at Kipp Tulsa University Preparatory School, near where Roberts was still trying to ram the first officer. The second officer got out of his car and pulled out his gun.
Roberts then pointed his vehicle at that officer and began driving towards him, according to the affidavit. This officer fired his gun at Roberts’ car, then jumped out of the way.
The officer continued to fire at the car as Roberts circled around the officer.
The vehicle then struck a tree and officers arrested Roberts.
Roberts was taken by ambulance to a hospital in critical condition, Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg said on the day of the incident. No update on his condition has been released since the day he was shot.