Authorities in Oklahoma shot and killed fugitive Michael Vance on Sunday night after an 8-day manhunt.
Vance had been wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder for the near-decapitations of two relatives in the town of Luther that Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel described as “rage killings.”
Vance was killed in shootout with police near Butler, according to Fox 25. Authorities received a tip that he had been spotted in the afternoon and a new manhunt was launched.
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According to The Oklahoman, a Dewey County Sheriff was wounded in the gun battle but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities believe he was living in a makeshift camp site he had set up near Hammon.
Police were worried that Vance could’ve been anywhere since they lost track of him after he ran from police just over a week earlier.
The search began Sunday night after Hampton and another police officer exchanged gunfire with Vance after responding to shots fired in Wellston, about 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The other officer was also hurt but is expected to recover. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said one person was arrested, but that Vance fled in a patrol vehicle.
Vance is suspected of later shooting a woman and stealing her vehicle at a mobile home park near Wellston, then driving about 8 miles to his relatives’ mobile home in Luther and killing them, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Opgrande said.
Ronald Everett Wilkson, 55, had been shot and had stab wounds to his neck “consistent with an attempt to sever his head,” an arrest affidavit said. Valerie Kay Wilkson, 54, had similar neck wounds along with defensive wounds on her arms, the affidavit stated.
Authorities also believe Vance filmed two Facebook Live videos documenting his run from police before going to the Wilksons’ home.
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 also is 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 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.