Dash cam

Bodycam, dash cam chase footage released of the suspect who killed Okla.

By Sarah Calams

OKLAHOMA CITY — Last month, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bobby Swartz was shot and killed while signing eviction papers at Benjamin Plank’s home. A second deputy was injured, and police later found documents at Plank’s home indicating that he planned to kill any law enforcement officer who arrived at his home.

The department has now released body camera and dash cam footage of Plank’s pursuit following the Aug. 22 shooting. According to department video, Plank fled the scene in a vehicle towing a boat. He had loaded several firearms into his vehicle before fleeing the scene, police said. During the high-speed chase, Plank fired a rifle at officers, and two more officers returned fire at Plank.

Eventually, the chase ended when Plank pulled up to the gate of an Air Force base and surrendered to the police. Numerous weapons were found in Plank’s vehicle, including a rifle, handguns, and ammunition. Police later discovered a stockpile of weapons and ammunition in the boat, including two loaded AR-15s, three loaded pistols, over 900 live rounds and 25 shotgun shells. They found other firearms and hundreds of live ammunition inside his home.

Plank was charged with multiple counts, including first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.