Oklahoma fugitive Michael Vance shot, killed after weeklong manhunt

Police in Oklahoma tracked down the fugitive Michael Vance, who had been on the run for more than a week for shooting two officers, in the western part of the state. Vance was shot and killed in a firefight after police spotted him in the car he had stolen a week earlier. Photo: Facebook/Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

HAMMON, Okla., Oct. 31 (UPI) — The Oklahoma fugitive police have been searching for during the last week amid fears he had a hit list of individuals he wanted infect with AIDS was killed by police Sunday night.

Michael Vance was shot and killed by police after a weeklong manhunt, after he allegedly shot two police officers last weekend. A police officer, whose condition is unknown, was also shot during a firefight with law enforcement when Vance was found.

“The suspect, Michael Vance, was most likely spotted and jumped from his hiding/camp site just north Hammon,” Sheriff Shane Booth posted on the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page around 9 p.m. Sunday. At the time of the post, no sightings of Vance had been confirmed, but Booth said police believe “he has been at this spot for several days.”

Vance had been on the run since Oct. 23, when he shot two officers in Wellston, Okla., then shot a woman and stole her car. Authorities had asked residents to be on the lookout for Vance and the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse he had stolen.

Police received a tip that he could be near the western Oklahoma city of Hammon, and they eventually found the campground he apparently had abandoned.

The car was spotted a few hours later, and a shootout ensued with Vance, who shot Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander in the arm before police shot Vance dead.


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