- Associated Press - Monday, March 11, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A 29-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was struck by another trooper’s patrol car during a chase.

A Cleveland County reached the verdict Monday for D’Angelo Ladon Burgess, who was accused in the July 2017 death of 43-year-old Lt. Heath Meyer.

Authorities say Meyer was injured while placing strips of spikes along Interstate 35 in Moore in an attempt to stop a fleeing vehicle Burgess was driving. Troopers say the fleeing vehicle avoided the spikes and that two other troopers chasing the vehicle tried to avoid them but collided, causing one of the troopers’ vehicles to hit Meyer.

Burgess was also convicted of attempting to elude officers but was found not guilty on two drug-related charges.

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