Fierce gun bat­tle ends with fugi­tive dead af­ter farmer’s tip

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A fierce gun bat­tle with Ok­la­homa troop­ers left a homi­cide sus­pect dead and ended a week­long man­hunt for the man sus­pected in a string of vi­o­lent crimes across the state, in­clud­ing the killing of two rel­a­tives and the shoot­ing of three law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

Af­ter a tip from a farmer led au­thor­i­ties on Sun­day to a camp site near Ham­mon in far west­ern Ok­la­homa, the man­hunt in­ten­si­fied for Michael Dale Vance Jr., who had posted two Face­book Live videos on Oct. 24 doc­u­ment­ing his run from po­lice, said Ok­la­homa High­way Pa­trol Capt. Paul Tim­mons.

Sev­eral troop­ers were chas­ing Vance, who was driv­ing a stolen flatbed pickup truck, when the ve­hi­cle went off the road near Leedey, 130 miles north­west of Ok­la­homa City and 45 miles north of where he was last seen a week ear­lier.

“He ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and en­gaged our troop­ers in a pretty fierce gun bat­tle,” Tim­mons said.

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