Friday, April 26, 2019 image from video provided by KTEN, researchers inspect a pick-up truck with bullet holes in the windshield in Hugo, Okla. Olivia Hill says Oklahoma police fired at William Devaughn Smith in the car with her and her four children, with two of her children suffering head wounds and a shot in the face. (KTEN via AP)
OKLAHOMA CITY – The injuries suffered by the three children in the Oklahoma police fired on a robbery suspect in a pick-up truck are not life-threatening, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Saturday.
OSBI spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman said the 5-, 4 -, and 1-year-old children were taken to a Tulsa-area hospital. Their names and conditions were not released.
Olivia Hill told Sherman, Texas, news station KXII-TV that she is the mother of three and a fourth child was not injured.
“My 4-year-old daughter was shot in the head, and she has a bullet in her brain, and my 5-year-old has a skull fracture,” says Hill. “My 1 year old baby has wounds on her face. My 2-year-old was not hit by bullets.”
Hill and the four children were in the pick-up with William Devaughn Smith, 21, when two officers approached him and gunfire broke out Friday in Hugo, which is near the Texas state line, Arbeitman said. Smith relationship between the Hill and the children is not clear.
The researchers have not determined what led to the shooting that also wounded Smith, who was treated at a hospital about 30 miles (48 km) away in Paris, Texas, and then to a Texas prison on an Oklahoma robbery warrant, Arbeitman said.
“What happened between the contact with him and when the police fired, we’re still trying to get that together,” the spokeswoman said. “The OSBI is still investigating whether he fired at the police and whether he was armed.”
Arbeitman also said it is unclear whether the officers who opened fire could see that the children in the truck.
Smith is accused in an 11 April an armed robbery at a Pizza Hut in Hugo. He was not formally charged, and Lamar County, Texas, jail records do not list a lawyer to speak in his name.
A post on the Hugo police Facebook page, ” said a man entered the rear entrance of the restaurant, in the hustle and bustle of an object to an employee’s back and demanded money. The police said the employee handed over money and the robber left.
This story corrects that the man is suspected of theft.