Deputies shoot, kill car theft suspect

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By Tim Farley
News Editor

Canadian County deputies shot and killed a man who reportedly stole a vehicle from the Braum’s Dairy Farm in Tuttle and led police on a chase that reached 100 miles hour, according to law enforcement officials.

The chase began on State Highway 81 when Union City police spotted the stolen vehicle.

The pursuit headed north into El Reno and later into Okarche as the suspect, who has not been identified, crossed into Kingfisher County. Several Canadian County deputies joined the chase as the car entered into El Reno, Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said.

West said the suspect was shot by five deputies after he jumped out of his car and pointed a handgun at them.

The shooting occurred along SH 81 about three-quarters of a mile into Kingfisher County.

The suspect drove the vehicle off the shoulder and into the grassy, muddy median but became stuck. That’s when one Canadian County deputy pulled his shotgun and shot the tires of the stolen vehicle, West said.

At that point, the suspect came out of his car with the handgun and was shot by the deputies. West did not know how many shots were fired or how many bullets struck the suspect. All of the deputies will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will handle the shooting probe, West said. The suspect was pronounced dead at 12:49 p.m.