The Latest: Highway patrol to release video of shooting


LEEDEY, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the death of an Oklahoma man accused in a string of violent crimes (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol plans to release video of a shootout between state troopers and a suspect in the killing of two relatives and the shooting of three law enforcement officers.

The highway patrol called a press conference for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The agency says the video involving suspect Michael Vance Jr. will be released then “due to the significant interest in Sunday’s events.”

Troopers fatally shot Vance late Sunday near the western Oklahoma town of Leedey, one week after authorities say he shot two police officers near a town outside of Oklahoma City and then posted videos on Facebook documenting his run from police.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Thompson praised law enforcement for their actions, saying that Vance’s “wanton disregard for human life was shocking and outrageous.”

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This item has been corrected to show the press conference is scheduled for Tuesday not Monday.

10 a.m.

An Oklahoma sheriff shot who was after encountering a suspect wanted in a violent cross-state rampage is out of surgery and is expected to recover.

Dewey County office deputy Judy Junkins says Sheriff Clay Sander underwent surgery Monday after he was shot in the arm, but that his injuries are not life threatening.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the suspect, Michael Vance Jr., was later shot and killed during a shootout with a state trooper.

Authorities say a tip from a farmer led them to a spot near the small western Oklahoma community of Hammon, where they believe Vance had been camping.

The search for Vance began last week after authorities say he shot two police officers near a town outside of Oklahoma City and then posted videos on Facebook documenting his run from police.

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7:50 a.m.

Authorities say a tip from a resident led them to a rural Oklahoma spot where a suspect had apparently been camping out while authorities conducted a massive manhunt for him.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons says a resident spotted a vehicle Sunday that matched the description of the car Michael Vance Jr. was last seen driving. Timmons tells Oklahoma City television station KWTV that the Mitsubishi Eclipse was “partially concealed by tumbleweeds” near the western Oklahoma town of Hammon, about 100 miles of Oklahoma City.

Timmons says that Vance fled the makeshift campsite before authorities could capture him, but the suspect was later killed in a shootout with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

He says investigators found clothing and evidence of a campfire in the area.

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1 a.m.

A Dewey County officer was wounded during a shootout with an Oklahoma man accused of a string of crimes.

Federal and local police say that the officer was responding to a report that Michael Dale Vance Jr. was in the area when the officer was shot and wounded.

Dave Turk, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C., says the officer’s injuries were in the shoulder and elbow but were not life threatening.

Vance fled in a car after shooting the officer and was later shot and killed by a highway patrolman near Leedey, Oklahoma.

A massive manhunt for Vance began on Oct. 23 after he allegedly killed two relatives and shot two police officers.

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12:05 a.m.

Federal and local police say an Oklahoma man accused in a string of violent crimes has been shot and killed.

Michael Dale Vance Jr. was killed in a shootout with a local deputy in Dewey County, Oklahoma, according to Dave Turk, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office spokesman Mark Opgrande says Vance was killed near the town of Leedey, Oklahoma, 130 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

A massive manhunt for Vance began on Oct. 23 after he allegedly killed two relatives and shot two police officers.

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This version of The Latest corrects the spelling of Marshals Service.

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11:45 p.m.

A western Oklahoma county sheriff says the manhunt is over for Michael Dale Vance Jr., a suspect in a string of violent crimes.

Shane Booth, Ellis County Sheriff, posted on Facebook: “The manhunt is over,” without saying the fate of Vance.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons told The Oklahoman newspaper that a deputy from Dewey County was shot about 10:15 p.m., but his injuries were not known.

Booth had posted earlier Sunday that authorities were searching for Vance after a report that he was spotted in western Oklahoma.

Vance was wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder. A massive manhunt for the 38-year-old Vance began Oct. 23 after, authorities say, he shot and wounded two police officers in a town 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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