Two Tulsa Police Officers remain in critical condition after traffic stop shooting

TULSA, Okla. — Two Tulsa Police Officers are still in the hospital and listed as critical after a traffic stop turned deadly Monday morning. 

Tulsa Police say both Officer Aurash Zarkeshan and Sergeant Craig Johnson were shot in the head and sustained critical wounds and they both went under surgery at two local hospitals.

Officer Condition: Both Johnson and Zarkeshan were shot in the head and sustained critical wounds, they both went under...

Posted by Tulsa Police Department on Monday, June 29, 2020

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin says the incident began as a traffic stop, but turned into a fight when a suspect wouldn't get out of the vehicle and allegedly opened fire on the officers.

David Anthony Ware was named as a suspect, and charges have been filed against him for two counts of shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm.

A manhunt was underway on Monday following the shooting.

Tulsa Police say they arrested Ware around 10:30 Monday morning.

Police said after the shooting, Ware allegedly left the scene with a friend, Matt Hall.

Investigators believe Ware called Hall while being pulled over by police.

They claim Hall was helping Ware escape.

Chief Franklin confirmed that Hall has been taken into custody in Broken Arrow.

Sergeant Craig Johnson joined the Tulsa Police Department in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan started the Tulsa Police Academy in 2019 and completed his training May of this year and was only out on patrol for 6 weeks.

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