EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A suburban Oklahoma City bike police officer was killed when he was struck from behind although on patrol, authorities stated.
Sgt. C.J. Nelson, 38, died Tuesday following being struck by a pickup truck just exterior the Edmond city limits in Oklahoma City, according to Edmond police. Nelson would have marked his 13th anniversary with Edmond police on Wednesday and is the 1st Edmond officer to die in the line of duty, law enforcement explained.
Oklahoma City law enforcement, who are investigating the crash, stated Nelson was stopped with other autos at a visitors gentle when they were struck by a truck pushed by Jay Stephen Fite, 54.
No other injuries had been reported.
Fite was arrested on a warrant for second-diploma murder or first-degree manslaughter and was jailed without bond, according to jail data. Courtroom documents do not show that formal fees have been filed as of Thursday and jail records do not listing an lawyer who could communicate on Fite’s behalf.
Fite “simply plowed into the autos there, strike them at a relatively high rate of velocity,” according to Oklahoma Metropolis police Sgt. Gary Knight. Investigators have been trying to ascertain how quickly Fite was touring.
Knight claimed it was not recognized why Nelson was in Oklahoma City at the time, but pointed out that crash was just exterior the Edmond metropolis boundaries and said it is popular for officers to cross into adjoining towns when on patrol.