Oklahoma school cancels class during statewide manhunt

by: Greg Brown Updated:

LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • Michael Vance is accused of shooting two officers with an AK-47 Sunday.
  • He then reportedly stole two cars, including a deputy's vehicle.
  • His aunt and uncle were found dead in their home in Luther
  • The suspect is believed to be headed west toward Amarillo, TX 
  • He was last seen near Sayre, Oklahoma, where police say he may have shot someone trying to steal a mobile home

 

A statewide manhunt is underway after a suspect shot two officers near Wellston around 6:30 Sunday.

Officials said the incident took place at the Bear Creek Trailer Park near Highway 102 and Highway 66.

Sheriff's officials in Lincoln County say two officers were shot responding to a shots fired call.

Officials said three officers were interviewing witnesses when Michael Vance walked out of a home and shot one officer in the leg and another in the foot with an AK-47. 

Their injuries were non-life-threatening. Officers said they believe they shot Vance back at least once.

Officials said Vance then took an officer's vehicle, drove to a nearby trailer and stole another car, firing shots at a woman there as well.

Officers found the suspect's aunt and uncle, Kay and Ron Wilkson, dead in their Luther, Oklahoma, home. Court records showed that Vance is accused of trying to stab the couple and sever their heads before shooting them.

He reportedly took off in a white Lincoln Towncar with a blue top and drove westbound down Highway 66.

Police: Oklahoma man wanted for violent crimes had hit list

Vance is also suspected of shooting a man in the leg in an attempted carjacking early Monday at a convenience store in Sayre, about 30 miles from the Texas border. Sayre Police Chief Ronnie Harrold said the man identified Vance as the man who shot him.

The Lincoln County sheriff says Vance was recently arrested and the shooting may be retaliation for that arrest.

He said officials have issued a murder warrant for Vance.

The arrest warrant for Vance also includes charges of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. Court records show Vance has been charged in the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl in Lincoln County, and has a court hearing Nov. 7.

Vance's criminal history spans at least seven Oklahoma counties. His history includes a bogus check in 2001, speeding charges and a charge of child molestation.

Vance reportedly posted live videos on Facebook as he avoided police. One of the videos even allegedly started from inside the police car immediately after the shooting.

In one video, a man wearing a backward baseball cap and a shirt that appears to be covered in blood says he's about to steal another vehicle and that it's "gonna be intense." In another, which seems to be filmed inside a second vehicle, the same man says: "Letting y'all know, look, this is real," before panning to a long gun on the passenger seat.

He said: "If you want to know what's up next, stay tuned to your local news."

Vance has a hit list including several more people, most of which are outside Oklahoma County, authorities said Tuesday.

Some of Vance's family members have chosen to leave the area, while others are arming themselves. At least one family member in a different part of the state has gone into protective custody.

OSBI agents are investigating.

Luther Public Schools is cancelling class Friday because of the manhunt.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Vance is believed to be driving a silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse with an Oklahoma license plate of 943LQQ. Vance is described as Native American, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 212 pounds.

He is considered armed and dangerous. Officials say residents should lock their doors and be on the lookout. Because he is wounded, law enforcement believe he could spread disease.

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