The manhunt and killing spree for fugitive Michael Dale Vance, 38, of Chandler is over. Vance was shot to death late Sunday evening by members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Vance was wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.
“Unfortunately one officer was shot and he is one of my best friends,” Ellis County Sheriff Shane Booth posted on Facebook.
Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander was hospitalized after being shot in the arm and elbow. He had stopped Vance on a rural highway unknowingly when a chain was being dragged from the vehicle Vance was driving.
Vance was the subject of an eight-day manhunt after being involved in the shooting of two officers in Wellston. The Oklahoma community is about 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
The two officers, Shawn Stewart and Jim Hampton, are recovering from leg wounds from an AK-47 automatic rifle on Sunday Oct. 23.
That same day Vance also stabbed to death his aunt Valerie Kay Wilkson, 54, and his uncle, Ronald Everett Wilkson, 55, in Luther. Authorities also say that Vance attempted to decapitate his uncle.
Booth stated that a little after 3 p.m. Sunday, Vance was spotted and jumped from his hiding/camp site just north of Hammon.
"A perimeter was setup at all north entrances to Ellis County immediately and Dewey County also. The suspect fled in his car but is believed to have not got out of our perimeter at this time,” Booth continued.
Booth had likely been seen at this spot for several days, Booth said.
OHP Chief Ricky Adams said, “I deeply appreciate the teamwork between our law enforcement partners. Together we were able to end a threat to public safety across Oklahoma.”
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Thompson added, “I am grateful the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was able to work with our law enforcement partners and prevent Vance from harming anyone else. Vance’s wanton disregard for human life was shocking and outrageous to Oklahomans across our state.”