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Police released dashcam video of a wanted woman being hit by patrol car


Police released dashcam video of a wanted woman being hit by patrol car

Warning | viewer discretion advised:  Tulsa police released several videos after a shootout with a wanted suspect, who was hit and killed by a patrol car. The video shows 21-year-old Madison Dickson running down the street firing a gun before Officer Jonathan Grafton ran her over with his patrol car. 

Madison Dickson was wanted for a series of crimes, including assault with a dangerous weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle and discharging a firearm in a public place. Police also believe she shot two people during separate incidents in mid-March.

On March 18th, officers spotted Dickson riding in a vehicle in south Tulsa. Police say she exchanged gunfire with several officers as they drove near 91st and Harvard.

Police say Dickson jumped out of the vehicle, running from officers but still firing her gun. She was then hit by a patrol car driven by Officer Jonathan Grafton, a six-year veteran of the department. Police say Grafton hit Dickson to stop the threat against officers and other citizens in the neighborhood.

After Dickson was hit by the cruiser, police used a stun gun to ensure she was no longer a threat. Dickson died of head trauma at the hospital.

No one was hit by the gunfire.

Police identified the two officers who exchanged gunfire with Dickson as Detective Ronnie Leatherman, on the force for 17 years, and Officer Kayla Johnson, a four-year veteran of the department.

All three officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to our ABC affiliate in Tulsa

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Friends of Dickson were shocked to hear about her recent troubles. Madison joined a help program for addicts called 'Teen Challenge' last year. She stayed in it for 13 months before leaving in December.

When I first heard what happened, my thought was no, not Madison, there is no way. She was just so sweet. She always wanted to help everybody. Everybody loved her.
Emily Essick, former friend

Her friends knew her as a good person.

They were sad to see her leave the program and get involved in her old lifestyle again.

Friends believe she relapsed. "When you use, you turn into somebody that you aren't and you are willing to do anything and everything," Fair said.

Her friends say they don't condone the horrific things Dickson is accused of doing, but they say she wasn't a bad person.

"It is so unfortunate that Madison left the program and went back to that lifestyle when she had the opportunity to absolutely change her life," Essick said.

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