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Video released of Tulsa police car running over crime-spree suspect Madison Dickson

Video released of Tulsa police car running over crime-spree suspect Madison Dickson

Dash-cam images show patrol car running over 21-year-old suspect in crime spree

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A woman who was killed when she was run over by a Tulsa police car last weekend can be seen in newly released dash camera video pointing a gun at officers and heard firing rounds prior to her death.

Police released three videos Thursday from the confrontation with 21-year-old Madison Sueann Dickson.

The video with the best view of the incident was edited prior to release and is slowed at points when Dickson is in frame. A red circle is sometimes drawn around her right hand, which is holding a gun.

One of the unedited videos shows part of the encounter from several yards away. The other shows the inside of a patrol vehicle.

The edited video begins at 2:24 p.m. Saturday with officers turning onto a roadway at 89th Street and Harvard Avenue, near Jenks East Elementary School.

Just under a minute into the video, multiple shots are fired while Dickson isn’t in the frame. Officers tell dispatchers shots have been fired.

Multiple patrol cars are at the scene, and officers outside their vehicles have weapons drawn.

A few moments later, Dickson appears in the right side of the frame running on a sidewalk away from officers. She has a black object in her right hand that police later identified as a gun.

While running, she turns her torso toward the approaching police cruiser and points the gun toward the vehicle. The officer in the vehicle drives toward Dickson, who still has the gun in her hand and appears to be yelling as she runs on the sidewalk.

Moments after that, at just past 2:25 p.m., the vehicle strikes Dickson, and she can be seen falling and going beneath the hood. The officer, identified as Jonathan Grafton, stops his vehicle.

Grafton, who has been with the Tulsa Police Department for six years, remains on paid administrative leave pending the investigation of his use of deadly force, Officer Leland Ashley said.

Officer Kayla Johnson and Detective Ronnie Leatherman fired their guns during the exchange, Ashley has said.

Johnson has been with the department for nearly five years. Leatherman has been there for 17 years.

In the week before her confrontation with police on March 18, Dickson was implicated in a string of gun-related crimes.

She is believed to be the woman who shot a man in the head less than two days before her death.

The man continued driving after being wounded and collided with a sport utility vehicle near 18th Street and Peoria Avenue about 9 p.m. March 16.

The man told people at the scene that the shooter was a red-headed white woman. Investigators said the woman might have been a passenger in the man’s car but got out after the shooting.

The man was in critical condition when he was taken to a hospital.

A few hours before that shooting, Tulsa police announced that they had tied Dickson to a series of gun-related crimes committed on March 11 and 12.

Dickson was accused of being involved in a March 11 theft from the Best Buy store at 71st Street and U.S. 169. She discharged a firearm during that incident, Sgt. Dave Walker said in a news release.

The following day, Dickson shot a woman outside the Walgreens store at 71st Street and Lewis Avenue, Walker alleged.

Dickson and an unidentified man approached a woman outside the store and demanded that she get out of her car, police said, and Dickson shot the woman in the arm when she didn’t move.

The woman later told police she had been too frightened to move.

Police say Dickson also was among a group of women who later that day attempted to steal a license plate from a vehicle parked at the AMC Southroads 20 movie theater near 41st Street and Yale Avenue. An employee said a woman matching Dickson’s description pointed a gun.

Dickson was charged with shooting with intent to kill, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempted larceny and discharging a firearm in a public place, according to court records.

About three months before that crime spree, Dickson had dropped out of a drug-treatment center.

Brittany Stieber, who was friends with Dickson while in treatment, told the Tulsa World that Dickson was a totally different person while in treatment.

“Deep down, she was a good person,” Stieber said. “Drugs just got the best of her. The enemy got the best of her.”

Two people, including Dickson, have been killed by Tulsa police officers this year, compared to seven who were killed in all of 2016, according to a Tulsa World database.

Paighten Harkins


Twitter: @PaightenHarkins


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