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December 5, 2013

Shoot out details show suspect's state of mind during crime

James Bright, Managing Editor, chickashaeditor@gmail.com
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA —

Details surrounding a suspect who allegedly shot at police officers following a short chase Tuesday morning detail his thought process leading up to the crime. 

Decayla Maul (18) told Chickasha Police Lt. G.G. Music he had nothing to lose after  being previously arrested for a domestic violence incident, according to an arrest report. 

"I asked him why he shot at the officers," said Music. "He told me, 'They shot first, either that, or I was trippin.'"

Maul said the gun used in the incident belonged to him and he shot it three times. 

Music said he spoke with CPD Sgt. Jeremy Alexander who was in his patrol car during the incident. 

"He told me he saw the suspect with the gun," said Music. "The suspect pointed the gun at him and continued following his vehicle with the gun still pointed at him. Sgt. Alexander was able to stop the threat by striking him and knocking him to the ground with his patrol vehicle." 

Music initiated the chase that led to Maul's arrest after he noticed a car driving slowly through a residential neighborhood making numerous left and right turns without signaling intent. 

Music said Maul continued to drive reaching speeds of up to 100 mph after he initiated  his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. 

Music said other motorists were on the road at the time of chase and dense fog blanketed the roads. 

After running several stop signs, Maul lost control of his vehicle, jumped the curb of property on Alabama Avenue, stopped and exited the vehicle, according to Music. 

A small amount of marihuana was recovered from the driver's seat of the car and a 15-year-old male, who was  sitting in the front passenger seat was temporarily detained Music said.

Maul was booked into the Grady County Jail on one count of assault upon a peace officer, four counts of shooting with intent to kill, possession of a firearm in the commission of felony, eluding a peace officer, possession of marijuana and multiple driving offenses.