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Man accused of shooting 2 Tulsa police officers in custody after manhunt

David Ware is now in custody after he was tracked down at a home, police in Tulsa say. A second suspect is also in custody.
Credit: Tulsa PD
David Ware, Suspect wanted by Tulsa PD

TULSA, Okla. — Police in Tulsa have arrested the man they say shot two police officers, killing one of them, during a traffic stop early Monday morning.

The suspect is identified as David Ware, 32.

CBS affiliate KOTV identified the wounded officers as Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan. Johnson passed away from his injuries Tuesday, the department confirmed while the other officer remained in critical condition. 

Chief Wendell Franklin said it was about 3:30 a.m. Monday when officers first pulled Ware over and asked him to exit his vehicle because the vehicle needed to be towed due to taxes due to the state. Ware allegedly refused to comply, however.

The traffic stop became physical, and Sgt. Johnson attempted to use a Taser on Ware, but he continued to refuse to get out. Officers eventually were able to get Ware out of the vehicle, but then he pulled a gun and fired multiple gunshots, police said.

KOTV reported that after the shooting, police said the suspect left the scene in another vehicle driven by a second suspect. The manhunt for ware lasted several hours before he was tracked down at a home. He surrendered and was arrested. The driver of the second vehicle was also taken into custody and identified as a suspect.