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On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Joe Doshier was dispatched to a dog bite call at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Delaware and East A Street.
Dispatch informed Officer Doshier that the dogs looked to be chasing someone on East B Street towards Highway 69.
Officer Doshier was able to locate the victim who was running with two small children, one in each arm.
The officer got between the dogs and the man, later identified as Gregory Leflore, 32, of Atoka, and told him the get into the patrol unit. The officer offered to drive the three home.
Leflore told Officer Doshier no and that he “would be fine.”
Officer Doshier recognized the suspect as having warrants through the city of Atoka. The officer told Leflore he needed to stop and put the children down, to which, he took off running west on West B street, still holding the children.
Officer Doshier followed Leflore in pursuit. At the intersection of West B street and North California Avenue, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Tommy Allen intervened.
The Trooper stopped in front of the suspect and advised him to stop multiple times.
Trooper Allen grabbed Leflore, and Officer Doshier placed the children in a safe environment off of the street.
He was able to get away from the Trooper and took off running again.
Officer Doshier began chasing him once more, drawing his Taser X2. He advised Leflore to stop or he will be tased three different times.
Leflore did not stop so the officer deployed his taser striking him in the back. The taser did not stop the suspect who continued running on North California Avenue.
Officer Doshier rearmed his taser, telling him he would be tased again if he did not stop. Leflore climbed over a chain link fence and fell to the ground.
The taser was fired a second time, striking him in the upper and lower back, but had no effect on him.
The suspect went through a back yard where he jumped another chain link fence. The officer saw him trying to get into a barn in the next yard, and ran around the barn to intervene.
Trooper Tommy Allen attempted to grab the suspect causing the both of them to end up on the ground. Trooper Allen lost his grip on Leflore and he tried to get up to run. Officer Doshier got on top of Leflore finally getting him in handcuffs.
After speaking with Leflore, the officer noticed he had slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, and unsteady on his feet. Leflore stated he had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.
Leflore is charged with eluding/attempting to elude police officer (misdemeanor), resisting an officer (misdemeanor), and public intoxication (misdemeanor).