A fleeing suspect stabbed an Oklahoma City police officer in the eye with a shard of glass, intense bodycam footage shows.
The clip released Friday by Oklahoma City cops shows residents flagging down the officer after witnessing Christopher McPheeters, 32, throw something at another police cruiser.
The cop, identified only as Officer Page, gets out of his vehicle and approaches McPheeters as he starts to walk away.
“Come here,” Page tells McPheeters, who ignores the command and starts to run during the March 18 encounter.
Page chases McPheeters across a street before taking him to the ground, setting off a violent struggle during which the suspect cut the officer multiple times in the face and stabbed him in the eye with a jagged piece of glass, the footage shows.
Page proceeds to defend himself despite limited vision and as blood falls from his face onto McPheeters, who is ultimately subdued and taken into custody.
“Hey, he cut me with a piece of glass,” a breathless Page tells other cops on the clip.
Oklahoma City Chief of Police Wade Gourley released the footage while noting a “significant increase” in attacks on law enforcement officers in recent years, citing FBI statistics showing a nearly 60 percent jump from 2020 to 2021.
Page was seriously injured and nearly lost his eye, Gourley said.
“He could have been killed,” Gourley said. “When Mr. McPheeters was interviewed, he stated that his intent was to kill the officer. You’ll see in the video — this was a very violent encounter. I just want the public to understand a little bit more of what our officers are dealing with.”
McPheeters, who had a warrant out for his arrest, had been previously convicted of assault and battery on a police officer, Gourley said.
“When our officer went out on this individual, he had no idea what he was encountering,” Gourley said. “All he knew is he had an individual that he was being flagged down by some folks and this individual was obviously in some type of situation where he was angry and just wanting a confrontation.”
Three Oklahoma City cops have also been wounded by gunfire in the past two years, Gourley said. One of those officers was shot in their ballistic vest by a suspect who was sentenced to six years in prison as part of a plea deal.
“He could spend as little as three to four years in prison for shooting at a police officer,” Gourley said. “Our officers are having to deal with a wide variety of very difficult situations and oftentimes the individuals that they deal with are violent.”
McPheeters remained in custody Tuesday at the Oklahoma County Detention Center on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault and battery on a police officer. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could comment on his behalf.