Suspects in police shooting to be tried
Two men charged with a variety of offenses related to the shooting of a Lawton Police Department officer more than a year ago are scheduled to be tried during separate proceedings this week.
LPD Sgt. Eric Weatherly was seriously injured Feb. 27, 2013, when he was shot multiple times in his lower extremities while apprehending two suspects believed to be committing burglaries in the 2700 block of Northwest Atlanta Avenue.
Demetrius D. Miller, 24 who was also shot when officers returned fire is scheduled to be tried Thursday before Comanche County District Court Judge Keith Aycock. Jamal Johnson, 23, who ran from the scene before the shots were fired, is slated to be tried beginning Monday.
Weatherly responded to the attempted burglary call, and later saw Miller and Johnson leaving the area. Since the two matched descriptions provided by the victim, he stopped them and told the pair to sit on a curb. Johnson allegedly started to sit down before bolting, and Miller reportedly attempted to do so shortly after, but he and Weatherly started struggling. Miller allegedly pulled out a 9 mm handgun and shot Weatherly in the hip. After the officer dropped, Miller allegedly shot him again and started to run, right into the path of LPD Sgt. Craig Lyman's patrol car, prompting the suspect to fire again at his patrol car.