Oklahoma police shooting: Death penalty sought for man accused of killing Tulsa officer

Man faces death penalty, accused of killing Tulsa officer and injuring another

TULSA, Okla. — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the man accused of killing an Oklahoma police officer and injuring another in a June shooting.

According to KOKI-TV, David Ware, 32, shot Tulsa police Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan during a June 29 traffic stop. Johnson later died, while Zarkeshan, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, is still recovering, the news outlet reported.

Ware was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with the intent to kill, according to KOKI. Police also arrested Matthew Hall, who is accused of helping Ware leave the scene, on a charge of accessory to murder, the outlet reported.

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Court records filed Thursday in Tulsa County District Court show that Ware is now facing the death penalty, KOKI reported.

Both Ware and Hall are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 5, according to court documents.

David Ware, the man accused of shooting two Tulsa police officers, is escorted out of court on Sept. 8, 2020.
David Ware, the man accused of shooting two Tulsa police officers, is escorted out of court on Sept. 8, 2020. (Fox23.com)