Police Shoot Man Following Pursuit

A police shooting in Oklahoma turned deadly after a man pretended to shoot at officers with an ice scraper.

Two police officers chased a man through the streets of Perry, OK, after he refused to pull over on Tuesday. He eventually stopped in a Walmart parking lot and aimed at the officers.

The officers fired eight shots, killing the suspect, but they later discovered he was aiming with an ice scraper not a gun.

"You know, I've heard rumors that the guy had stolen something, so we shot him," said Perry Police Chief Brian Thomas. "But that's not the case."

Thomas said Sgt. Andrew Dudrey and Officer Matt Smith did what they were trained to do, regardless of what the suspect was holding.

"I feel for them. I'm sure there's going to be some hard times knowing that they took a life," Thomas said. "But then again, their life was in danger as well, at the time is what they thought - a gun was being shot at them."

Police called this a 'suicide by cop,' and the suspect's final actions justified his death.

"They have to first of all protect themselves and the community," said Tony Williamson, a resident. "You don't know what this gentleman is going to do."

The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid leave, and the Nobel County district attorney said the shooting was justified and does not expect charges to be filed.