Police, FBI hunt for fugitive who shot Oklahoma deputy

April 18 (UPI) — Oklahoma authorities said they initiated a manhunt Tuesday for a fugitive who shot and injured a sheriff’s deputy.

The suspect, identified as Nathan Aaron Leforce, was last seen Tuesday morning when the deputy went to his home to serve an eviction order in Logan County in central Oklahoma.

After the shooting, officials say, Leforce, 45, stole the deputy’s vehicle and fled.

Authorities across Oklahoma were alerted to Leforce’s flight and instituted measures like checkpoints and search perimeters. Officials said the suspect ditched the police vehicle in Langston and carjacked a woman at gunpoint.

The stolen car was later found abandoned and investigators believe Leforce may have fled on foot.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is aiding in the search and Oklahoma City police have lent an air unit to the manhunt.

The injured deputy’s name was not immediately released, nor was his condition. Officials said he was shot multiple times.

The manhunt for Leforce launched not long after Ohio authorities wrapped up a high-profile search for Steve W. Stephens, a man accused of killing a 74-year-old man on the street and posting a video of the homicide to Facebook. After more than a day of searching, Stephens was found dead in Pennsylvania of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

comments powered by Disqus