Oklahoma Fugitive Killed in Shootout With Police

Death ends massive manhunt for suspected killer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 31, 2016 2:16 AM CDT
Oklahoma Fugitive Killed in Shootout With Police
This photo provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office shows Michael Vance.   (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

A massive, weeklong manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes, including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of two police officers, and multiple carjackings, ended on Sunday evening in a police chase and shootout that left the man dead in western Oklahoma, the AP reports. Federal and local police say Michael Dale Vance Jr., 38, was shot and killed by an Oklahoma state trooper near Leedey, Okla., about 130 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Earlier in the day, Vance had shot and wounded a Dewey County officer, then fled in a car, according to Dave Turk, spokesman for the US Marshals Service in Washington, DC, which participated in the manhunt.

Turk says the officer's injuries were in the shoulder and elbow but were not life threatening. Officers pursued Vance for about half an hour when he was approached by an Oklahoma state trooper. "There was an exchange of gunfire between the state trooper and the subject, and the subject was killed," Turk says. The manhunt for Vance began on Oct. 23 when he allegedly shot and wounded two police officers before murdering his aunt and uncle. Last week, police warned that Vance had a hit list targeting several more people that he blamed for child sexual abuse allegations against him. (More Oklahoma stories.)

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