OXFORD—A fugitive who was pulled over during a traffic stop led police on a high-speed pursuit which began in Oxford, and ended when the man was shot by police.
Jeremy Oatman, 42, of Lancaster, was arrested early Friday morning on several felony charges. Oatman lives and sleeps inside his van and parks it in a parking lot of the East Lampeter WalMart in Lancaster County.
According to state police at Embreeville, a traffic stop was initiated at 1 a.m. Friday on Third Street, south of Hodgson Street in Oxford, after police noticed an equipment violation on Oatman’s white Chevrolet van.
After Oatman was identified, police learned there was an active warrant on Oatman. Oatman fled the traffic stop in his van and led police on a high-speed pursuit.
During the pursuit, troopers deployed a spike strip on Baltimore Pike between Shadyside Road and Forge Road. The van hit the spike strips with its front passenger side tire, and the van continued to flee before entering the parking lot of the Wawa, located at 100 Ponds Edge Drive in West Nottingham.
The van traveled to the rear of the building and while turning left, troopers observed Oatman point a black pistol toward them.
The van then exited the Wawa parking lot and entered the parking lot of the adjacent CVS. The van attempted to exit the CVS parking lot and Oatman drove toward Route 272 but struck an embankment and the van came to rest.
Oatman immediately exited his van and began to flee on foot while pointing a black pistol at troopers.
At that point, troopers gave verbal commands for Oatman to drop his firearm, but he did not comply, police said. Troopers then fired at Oatman and he was hit in the arm. multiple times Oatman dropped his firearm and was placed into custody.
Oatman was transported from the scene via EMS to Christiana Hospital in Delaware. His wounds are non-life-threatening, officials said.
The troopers recovered Oatman' s gun, which turned out to be a very realistic looking .177 caliber B-B gun.
Oatman has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, fleeing and eluding, and other related charges.
After he was taken into custody, Oatman told police that he last used heroin on Monday and last used crystal methamphetamine on Thursday.
Oatman had a brush with the law in December.
On December 18, 2018, New Holland, Lancaster County, officers stopped a vehicle in the 500 Block of East Main Street for having a brake light that was not functioning. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Oatman. During the course of the stop it was discovered that Oatman was in possession of drug paraphernalia commonly associated with methamphetamine.
The Chester County Detectives -- the investigative arm of the District Attorney's Office -- will be the independent agency who will review this officer-involved shooting. The Chester County Detectives will work with the Pennsylvania State Police on this matter. The Chester County District Attorney will then make a decision regarding whether the shooting was justified.