- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released troopers’ video footage from a January incident in which a Eufaula bank robber was chased and fatally shot.

Authorities say Cedric Norris entered the bank around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21, fatally shot bank president Randy Peterson, shot teller Betty Howell and took customer Julie Huff from the building.

The video footage shows a trooper chased Norris north on U.S. 69 for three minutes before tapping Norris’ vehicle with his cruiser, causing it to crash. The tactical vehicle intervention is commonly called a pit maneuver.

“We only use the pit maneuver as a last chance if there’s an imminent danger to troopers,” OHP Lt. John Vincent said Wednesday. “If we think, ‘We have to stop this guy,’ that’s when we use TVI.”

Norris and authorities exchanged a minute’s worth of gunfire after Norris’ SUC ran off the road.

The Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1O5i80J ) reports that more than 40 shots from Norris and authorities can be heard in the video. The footage doesn’t show the shootout itself. It’s unclear how many officers fired at Norris.

Norris died at the scene around 10 a.m. Huff, who authorities say Norris used as a shield, was shot multiple times but survived.

The involved troopers haven’t been identified.

Court records show that Norris received a 60-year sentence for robberies he committed in Oklahoma in 2005. He was wrongly released from custody in Texas in 2007, and in March 2012, despite having been sentenced in Tulsa and Creek counties in 2006.

Texas prison officials said they weren’t notified of Norris’ Oklahoma convictions. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said it followed protocol when it asked Texas to bring Norris back to stand trial in Tulsa County in 2006.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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