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Authorities release names of suspect, OKC officer involved in weekend shootout

Oklahoma City police have identified the officer and suspect involved in a weekend shootout.

Police responding to a domestic incident in the 4900 block of N Missouri Avenue were met with gunfire, and one officer was struck in his chest and hand, authorities said.

Police accused Joel Lewis, 63, firing a pistol from inside the doorway of the house.

Officer Brandon Downs, who has more than four years of experience on the force, returned fire and struck Lewis in the leg.

Lewis barricaded himself in the house, police Capt. Daniel Stewart said.

“By this time we have backup arrive, we have ambulance coming,” he said. “After about 10 or 15 minutes the suspect came out and voluntarily surrendered to police.”

Authorities said a protective vest may have saved Downs' life.

The officer and suspect were treated at area hospitals for injuries that were not life threatening. Authorities said Lewis will be booked into the Oklahoma County jail when released from the hospital.

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An Oklahoma City police car in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Photo by Kurt Steiss, The Oklahoman

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