Ok­la­homa man wanted for vi­o­lent crimes had a hit list

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Au­thor­i­ties say the Ok­la­homa man who has been wanted since Sun­day in a string of vi­o­lent crimes, in­clud­ing the killings of two rel­a­tives, had a hit list pur­port­ing to tar­get sev­eral more peo­ple. Michael Dale Vance Jr., a 38-year-old man from Chan­dler, Ok­la­homa, is wanted on mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing two counts of first-de­gree mur­der. He was last seen early Mon­day about 30 miles from the Texas bor­der in west­ern Ok­la­homa - 165 miles from where the man­hunt be­gan Sun­day night in Well­ston. “Ob­vi­ously, as long as he isn’t ap­pre­hended, we’re ex­tremely con­cerned about those he may have in­di­cated that he wishes harm to,” Ok­la­homa County Sher­iff John Whet­sel told The Ok­la­homan news­pa­per on Tues­day. “Most of those are out­side of Ok­la­homa County.”

A Well­ston po­lice of­fi­cer who was shot in the foot Sun­day night dur­ing a gun­bat­tle with Vance said he shot the sus­pect twice in the en­counter. Of­fi­cer Jim Hamp­ton told Ok­la­homa City tele­vi­sion sta­tion KOCO that Vance was struck twice by gun­fire. “He fell to the ground again, laid there for a few min­utes, got back up. The fire­fight was on again,” Hamp­ton said. “At one time, we was ac­tu­ally stand­ing up fac­ing each other, shoot­ing at each other.” The FBI is co­or­di­nat­ing the search for Vance among sev­eral fed­eral, state and lo­cal agen­cies and is de­lib­er­ately be­ing tight-lipped so Vance isn’t tipped off to their ef­forts, spokesman Terry We­ber said in a state­ment.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and any pre­ma­ture re­lease of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the ap­pre­hen­sion ef­forts of Mr Vance can neg­a­tively im­pact these ef­forts to safely ap­pre­hend (him),” We­ber said. Law en­force­ment is pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion for the peo­ple on the al­leged hit list, Whet­sel said. —AP

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