Video has emerged showing Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma pepper balling a man sleeping in his car after an hour and a half ‘standoff’ in the parking lot of Woodland Hills Mall.
Officers say a mall security guard called them after noticing a man with a handgun on his lap sitting in a Dodge Charger parked on the west side of the mall at about 1:30 a.m.
Officers surrounded the car and knocked on the car’s windows but got no response.
Police secured the area and after about a hour, officers fired pepper balls at the car. 23-year-old Stephen Scyffore of Tulsa was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a firearm.
Police said that is when Scyffore, claiming he had been asleep, got out of the car and was arrested.
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“We didn’t know his intentions,” Tulsa Police Cpl. Mike Hanley said in a local news interview. “When we got him out of the car, he didn’t appear to be on any drugs or anything. Claims he was sleeping the whole time. Never heard the announcements… Never got hit with a ball, just got the effects of the pepper itself, which again, that worked.”
Police say Scyffore claimed he had fallen asleep waiting for his girlfriend to get off work at the mall.
He is being held on a $10,500 bond. He will appear in court November 21.
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