UPDATE #1: Norman Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Date of Press Release: 
Mon, 11/16/2015
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

Further investigation into November 15, 2015 officer-involved shooting in the 1700 block of Classen Boulevard has revealed the following facts:

Investigators identified the man shot by police as 47-year-old Mark James Riedel, a resident of 1725 Classen Boulevard.

Once on-scene, officers attempted to make contact and speak with Riedel from outside the house. He remained uncooperative and told communications personnel that the police officers on-scene seemed to be ignoring him. He also told the 911 operator that he intended to start shooting at cars.

After hanging up the phone, Riedel came out of the front door of the residence with a pistol in his hand. Several officers gave verbal commands for him to put the weapon down, but he did not comply and allegedly pointed the gun at the officers. Two officers fired, incapacitating Riedel.

Officers immediately rendered assistance until relieved by medical personnel. EMSStat transported Riedel to an area hospital where he is currently in stable condition, according to OU Medical personnel. No other citizens or officers were injured during the incident.

Officers located a loaded handgun at the scene.

The officers involved in the incident are Lieutenant Clay Bolin and Officer Edward Nickerson. Bolin has served with the Norman Police Department since August 14, 1992, and Nickerson since September 5, 2014. The department has placed both officers on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Detectives investigating the incident have not submitted any formal criminal charges on Riedel, but the investigation is on-going, and detectives may present charges to the District Attorney after they have thoroughly investigated the incident.