A manhunt is underway for a man reportedly armed with an AK-47 who Oklahoma police say is a suspect in a double homicide and the shooting of two police officers.
Michael Vance, 38, allegedly shot two police officers at around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 after they responded to a report of gunfire in the Wellston area in Lincoln County.
“A gentleman came out with an AK47 and just opened fire on everybody. One officer has been shot in the foot, another officer has been shot in the leg,” Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said, reported KFOR.
Both officers—Shawn Stewart and Jim Hampton—have since been released from the hospital.
Following the shooting, one suspect was apprehended while Vance—who police say was struck with two bullets in the upper torso—fled the scene in a stolen patrol pickup. As Vance led officers on a police chase, he appeared to have livestreamed parts of his evasion on his Facebook page.
“This is more intense than I thought it was going to be, to say the least,” he said, reported Oklahoma’s Own. “This truck is about dead, I need it to get out the road, which I hope it does ’cause I’m about to steal another car like right now.”
Vance had recently been released from jail after he was held on child sexual assault allegations. He appeared to allude to the allegations during the livestream, stating he was “setup” and that “[expletive] was bogus as [expletive] and you know it.”
***WANTED IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE*** Armed and dangerous – more information forthcoming. pic.twitter.com/SmjGL8RZpv
— Oklahoma Co. Sheriff (@OkCountySheriff) October 24, 2016
Vance told viewers to tune into the local news broadcast, and thanked his sister for her support.
“I love you sis, it’s too late now. I’m not answering the phone,” he said.
Police said Vance abandoned the police truck at a mobile park, where authorities said he stole a Lincoln Town Car and shot a woman. The woman suffered a non-life threatening injury and she reportedly refused medical attention.
At around midnight, authorities found the bodies of two of Vance’s relatives in a home located near the Redbud Energy Facility in Luther. It was reported that the home belongs to Vance’s uncle. Police said he abandoned the Lincoln Town Car and he stole a third vehicle—a gray/silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse with Oklahoma license plate 943 LQQ—from a residence.
Authorities in Beckham County investigated a shooting and attempted carjacking at a Flying J travel stop near Sayre, Oklahoma at around 2:00 a.m Monday. Witnesses described Vance as the shooter.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Vance was last seen traveling either westbound or eastbound on Interstate 40 at around 5:30 a.m. Monday. The wanted poster described Vance as being Native American, 5’11” and weighs 212 pounds. The wanted flyer also states that Vance has a medical condition and he may try to spread the disease.
Police say Vance is armed and extremely dangerous, and those who come in contact with him should not approach him, but call 911 immediately.
Anyone who has any information on his whereabouts is asked to call 405-258-9933.