Oklahoma man sentenced for shooting girlfriend, police chase

MIAMI, Okla. – An Oklahoma man will spend 15 years behind bars for trying to kill his girlfriend in Miami and leading police on a chase.

Austin Wesley Tanner, of Hominy, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to Shooting with Intent to Kill and Endangering Others While Eluding Police on November 4, 2022.

Tanner Austin Wesley

Tanner Austin Wesley

Ottawa County Inmate

A judge sentenced Austin Welsey Tanner to 40 years in prison for the Intent to Kill charge, with all but 15 years suspended. Tanner got 5 years in prison for the eluding charge, but that sentence was credited for time served.

So, Tanner will spend 15 years behind bars.

However, according to the Ottawa County District Attorney’s Office, that sentence could be shorter due to overcrowding in DOC facilities.

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2020 Shooting in Miami, Oklahoma

The shooting happened on August 8, 2020, in Miami, Oklahoma.

The Miami Police Department says it initially arrived at 114 J St. NW for a domestic disturbance call. A couple was reportedly arguing. Authorities say the fight ended, police made no arrests, and left.

Later that day around 1:30 pm, police went back to that home after reported shots fired.

Police say Tanner had shot his girlfriend and fled.

Later, after a police chase, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tanner on Highway 125, south of Fairland, Oklahoma.

“Unfortunately, something fueled that to get it to escalate. Don’t know what yet, and that’s something we’re going to investigate to find out what happened, and hopefully determine what caused this, or what made it escalate and put all the pieces together,” Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson told KOAM after the shooting.

Chief Anderson says the woman, who remains unidentified, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was flown to a hospital for treatment.