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Police arrest 15-year-old suspect in Choctaw football game shooting

Bill Jensen Field at Choctaw High School.
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Bill Jensen Field at Choctaw High School.

A 15-year-old male is in police custody following last week's shooting at a Choctaw High School football game against Del City High School.

The suspect was arrested following a joint investigation by Choctaw and Oklahoma City Police, as well as the U.S. Marshals and Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson led a press conference Wednesday morning to address reporters about the arrest.

KOSU has identified the juvenile charged, but is choosing not to name him because of his age.

“People want to know that they're safe,” Johnson said. “So our citizens need to know that law enforcement is working hard, that has their best interests at heart, and that people are safe to attend games and to go do things, and that we're working hard in the background.”

Choctaw Police told reporters they had confirmed the suspect’s identity the morning after the shooting, but the arrest warrant wasn't executed until Tuesday evening — four days after the shooting death of 16-year-old Cordae Carter, a Midwest City High School student.

According to court documents, the suspect’s arraignment will be Sept. 13, where he faces second-degree murder charges.

Meanwhile, Johnson declined to give reporters details about a 42-year-old man who was shot in the chest by an off duty Del City Police officer, including his name or an update on his condition. He says that investigation continues.

High schools have been considering a number of changes to safety protocols in the wake of the shooting.

Mid-Del Public Schools superintendent Rick Cobb released an open letter to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association calling for uniform event security guidelines across the state.

“[W]e just have to do better,” Cobb writes. “Things have changed. People have changed. Society just isn’t the same. The years since the Pandemic have probably accelerated these changes, but the signs have been all around us for a long time.”

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Kateleigh Mills is the Special Projects reporter for KOSU.
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