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BA police no longer seeking passengers who bailed from car pursued before shootout
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BA police no longer seeking passengers who bailed from car pursued before shootout

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Broken Arrow police on Friday released body camera footage of a shootout that left an officer wounded earlier this month and announced that they’re no longer seeking passengers who fled from the vehicle that officer pursued.

Officer Caleb Sherman is “doing well and recovering” after being shot in his lower leg during the exchange of rounds that followed an attempted traffic stop Nov. 6, police spokesman Chris Walker said Monday.

Sherman, 31, was attempting to pull over a purple 2005 Buick LeSabre about 2:40 a.m. in a neighborhood near Kenosha (71st) Street and County Line Road (193rd East Avenue), and two of the vehicle’s passengers bailed out and its driver peeled away.

The LeSabre’s tag was registered to a different vehicle, which is often indicative that the vehicle is stolen, police said. The vehicle was later confirmed not to be stolen, even though the tags were improper, Walker said.

Sherman, a five-year veteran of the department, pursued and activated his siren in addition to his already-activated emergency lights. The fleeing driver, later identified as Cory Gene Batt, crashed through a dead-end street and stopped near the 2900 block of East Kenosha Street.

In dark video footage, Sherman can be seen running toward a tree line where police say Batt fled, shouting, “You better stop,” and “Get on the ground.”

Immediately following his commands, and before Sherman could breach the tree line, three gunshots can be heard and their accompanying muzzle flashes are visible from the brush as Batt appears to open fire on Sherman.

A litany of rounds can be heard as the two exchange gunfire, and in a few moments Sherman realizes he was struck and makes his way back behind the vehicles in the roadway, the video shows.

As additional officers arrived, a supervisor trained as an emergency medical technician applied a tourniquet to Sherman’s leg, Walker said, and he was helped into the back of a patrol car that took him to paramedics waiting nearby. He was then taken to a hospital to be treated and later released.

Officers searching the woods later found 31-year-old Batt dead with a gunshot wound that investigators believe was self-inflicted. Some of Batt’s rounds reportedly struck an occupied residence north of Kenosha, as well as the LeSabre.

Police were seeking the passengers who fled from Batt’s vehicle but have since made contact with both, Walker said. One, a 60-year-old man, was released, and the other, Jason Wade Maple, 33, was arrested on unrelated charges filed in Rogers and Wagoner counties, Walker said.

The investigation is ongoing.

At the time of the shootout, Batt, a convicted felon who was released from prison in January 2020, was wanted in at least three Rogers County cases on charges of aggravated assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, first-degree robbery, domestic abuse, interfering with an emergency phone call, threatening to perform an act of violence, conspiracy, and gang-related offenses.

The cases have been dismissed.

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