Oklahoma fugitive Michael Vance dead in shootout with officers: sources


Michael Dale Vance, Jr. in undated photo KWTV

HAMMON, Oklahoma — Michael Vance, a fugitive who had been on the run for a week, died in a shootout with officers in western Oklahoma Sunday night, a source told CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV.

A source with the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office told CBS News Vance has been killed, apparently near Leedy, Oklahoma.

On Facebook,Ellis County, Oklahoma Sheriff Shane Booth said, “The manhunt is over and all Ellis County deputies are fine. Unfortunately, one officer was shot and he is one of my best friends. So, I’m asking for prayers for him. Thank you.”

KWTV tweeted an update:

Vance was wanted in a string of killings ,shootings and carjackings, including two counts of first-degree murder for the near-decapitations of two relatives in the town of Luther. Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel described those as “rage killings.”

KWTV says a chase and shootout began while officers were conducting a perimeter search of the area Sunday evening. One law officer was shot and has been taken to a hospital. The extent of his injuries are not known.

Law officers were called about 5 p.m. Sunday to a wooded area near Hammon in western Oklahoma after a person said they found the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse thought to be stolen by Michael Vance. An apparent campsite was found after the vehicle drove away from the area.

Law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter and think Vance is still in the perimeter as of 9 p.m.

The Beckham County Sheriff’s Office asked residents to call 911 if they spot a small, silver, two-door car in the area.

Officers were asking residents to be safe and alert while they searched the area.

Hammon Public Schools had said they would be closed Monday due to the search for Vance.

Vance was on the run from law officers since Oct. 23, leading to a statewide manhunt.