Oklahoma City police release video of officer-involved shooting death on city bus
Surveillance footage of a man's fight for an Oklahoma City police officer's gun aboard a city bus was shown Monday for the public.
Miguel Angel Chavez-
Angles, 42, a recycling truck driver, was shot and killed about 4:45 p.m. June 24 at 1200 NW 23. He boarded an Embark bus after reportedly high-jacking a car and trying to hide in a local business, police said.
Mental health call
Police received a mental health call before the incident about a man praying at a southwest Oklahoma City church and banging his head on the ground. Police responded and found Chavez-Angles apparently upset about an impending divorce, Police Chief Bill Citty said.
An officer took Chavez-Angles to St. Anthony Hospital at 1:35 p.m. He was discharged from the hospital two hours later, at 3:35 p.m.
Soon after, police received a call about vandalism near NW 11 and N Walker Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing a man running from a vandalized vehicle with a large rock
At 4:30 p.m., Chavez-
Angles phoned his wife and let her know he was trying to get a ride home. Five minutes later, police received a report of a kidnapping. Chavez-Angles had gotten into a car with two women, who called 911 from the car, Citty said. Other witnesses also called police to alert them to the apparent hijacking.
Chavez-Angles jumped out of the car in the 900 block of NW 23 and ran into an O'Reilly Auto Parts, 2400 N Western, where he locked himself inside, police said. The manager ordered Chavez-Angles out of the store and watched him get on the Embark bus. When police arrived, they followed the bus west.
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Chavez-Angles is shown on bus surveillance video boarding and stuffing bills into the bus meter. He appears anxious and demands the driver not stop the bus, eventually offering the driver all the money and credit cards he's carrying.
The driver attempts to maintain control of the situation while driving the route, but Chavez-Angles jumps atop a luggage rack near the front of the bus and pulls free a fire extinguisher.
The driver stops the bus and orders everyone to exit. Once cleared of passengers, police officer Heather Lane boards the bus with her service weapon drawn.
“You've got to realize, she's looking for a person that's kidnapped two women,” Citty said. “She's looking for a felon, not necessarily someone with mental health issues, that type of thing. She doesn't know all those type of details.”
Chavez-Angles again picks up the fire extinguisher, but it slips from his hand. He then lunges for Lane's gun.
During the struggle for the weapon, a shot is fired in the direction of the bus driver's seat. The driver quickly disembarks, and officer Daniel Carli boards the bus as Chavez-Angles and Lane fall to the bus floor in a struggle for the gun.
A light on Lane's pistol is on during the tussle, and can be seen casting its beam — around the bus, toward Carli and at a bus camera — as the three fight for control of Lane's service weapon.
Chavez-Angles is kicking at Carli, who then draws his own weapon and fires what sounds like four shots, then pauses briefly, before firing what sounds like three more shots. Carli then is able to wrestle Lane's gun from Chavez-Angles' grip.
Carli places Lane's weapon on the seat behind him, assists Lane to her feet and off the bus, then retrieves Lane's gun and maintains a tactical stance with his own firearm drawn. Blood pools under Chavez-Angles' lifeless body.
“They both probably helped to save each others' lives, based on what could have occurred if he was able to get a hold of that gun,” Citty said of the two officers.
Citty said footage after the incident showed both officers emotionally distressed.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has viewed the video. A completed police investigation will be turned over to his office within the next few weeks, Citty said.
Chavez-Angles was employed as a recycling truck driver for Waste Management. Police offered to let Chavez-Angles' widow see the footage, but she declined, Citty said.
Lane and Carli were placed on administrative leave, but have returned to restricted duty until Prater rules whether the shooting was justified, the police chief said.
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting. Read more ›