A Lawton police officer is recovering at home after being shot by a suspect attempting to elude him Monday.
Officials say the incident began when a Lawton police officer attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Brandi Crosby for speeding. Crosby failed to stop, initiating a pursuit. The pursuit took officers on an erratic path up the H.E. Bailey Turnpike to state Highway 49 and down SH-49 to state Highway 58. Near Lake Ellsworth, officials report, passenger Larry Starr Hardison opened fire on the Lawton police officer pursuing them.
Records indicate Hardison shot Lawton Police Officer John Bordelon through the windshield of his patrol car, the bullets hitting Bordelon’s lapel microphone before striking him in the face. Bordelon was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers joined Lawton police and other area agencies who came to the assistance of Bordelon in the pursuit. Troopers report that at some point after shooting Bordelon, Crosby’s vehicle was disabled. At which time two suspects fled on foot, initiating a wide area manhunt for the suspects. OHP Trooper Eric Foster said the two suspects were able to steal another vehicle, which they attempted to use to flee the area. Officials eventually apprehended the suspects near Apache Trail Road and CS 2590, near Apache in Caddo County.
Crosby and Hardison were arrested and taken to the Comanche County Detention Center. A third subject was with Crosby and Hardison, but that individual was not arrested. Crosby and Hardison appeared in Comanche County District Court Wednesday.
Crosby was charged with endangering others while eluding police, accessory to a felony and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction. Hardison was charged with shooting with intent to kill, use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.
Crosby is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. Hardison is being held in lieu of a $1,000,000 bond. Both Crosby and Hardison are next scheduled to appear in District Court on April 4.