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Lawton Man Sentenced for Officer Involved Shooting

One of two Lawton men involved in the shooting of a Lawton officer is sentenced, and another is also sentenced, but will have to be tried again on the shooting charges.
One of two Lawton men involved in the shooting of a Lawton officer is sentenced, and another is also sentenced, but will have to be tried again on the shooting charges.

Twenty-four-year-old Demetrius Miller pleaded guilty to six counts in connection to the shooting that police say started with a traffic stop on 27th Street to check out two burglary suspects.

He received two life sentences on two counts of shooting with intent to kill, and sentences to be served concurrently on burglary and firearms and escape from detention charges, with 20 years the longest sentence.

The other defendant, 23-year-old Jamal Johnson, awaits retrial on the shooting charges after a jury was not able to reach a verdict. He was, however, sentenced on the four other charges with 20 years the maximum on concurrent sentences. His retrial on the shooting charges is set for September.

Two Lawton officers stopped a car occupied by two suspicious suspects reported to have been attempting to burglarize several locations.

Police say Officer Eric Weatherly was patting down the men, when milled began struggling, and Johnson ran. They say Miller pulled a gun and Weatherly was shot once in the hip and once in leg.

Another officer arrived and in the exchange of gunfire, Miller was hit four times. Both Miller and Weatherly were treated for their injuries. Sgt. Weatherly returned to full duty several months later.
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