Norman Police Complete Criminal Investigation into Officer-Involved Shooting

Date of Press Release: 
Mon, 03/13/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

Norman police investigators presented the evidence associated with the February 20 shooting of Marc David Watson by Master Police Officer Joshua Hard to the District Attorney’s Office on March 8.

In a letter dated March 9, First Assistant District Attorney Susan Caswell determined the use of force to be justified and appropriate under the law after reviewing investigative reports, videos, witness statements and other documents.

On March 7, an internal review was conducted and determined MPO Hard’s use of force was within department policy and state law.

MPO Hard has been released from administrative assignment.

Marc David Watson has been charged with attempted burglary in the first degree, second degree burglary, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of burglary tools.

UPDATE: Norman Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Investigators have identified the suspect shot by police as 37-year-old Marc David Watson. Watson was transported by EMSStat to OU Medical Center for a single gunshot wound to his face. He remains under the care of OU Medical personnel.

The officer involved in the incident is Master Police Officer Joshua Hard. Hard has served with the Norman Police Department since September 10, 2010. MPO Hard remains on routine administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

INITIAL RELEASE: Norman Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

The Norman Police Department is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred near 1100 W. Main Street at approximately 10:45 a.m. on February 20.

Officers were in the area assisting with an unrelated call for service when a burglary in progress was reported in the 900 block of Garver Street. The reporting party provided a description of the suspect which was given to the officers in the area. Not long after the suspect information was released, an officer spotted an individual matching the description. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect began running away from the officer towards Berry Road. The officer initiated a foot pursuit and began giving verbal commands for the suspect to stop. Initial reports indicate the suspect then pulled a weapon from his waistband of his pants. The suspect continued to run towards a vehicle which he entered and attempted to drive away in. At this time, shots were fired and the suspect was incapacitated.

Officers immediately rendered medical attention to the subject until EMSStat arrived on scene. The suspect was transported to OU Medical Center. His condition is unknown, but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. No other citizens or officers were injured during this incident. The identity of both the suspect and the officer are being withheld at this time.

Officers located both a crow bar and a gun inside the vehicle.

The department has placed the officer involved in the incident on routine administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.