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Manhunt underway for suspect in shooting death of Logan County deputy
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Update (2:45 p.m. 4/18): Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux confirmed that Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Logan County Deputy Sheriff David Wade, 40, has been taken into custody.

OKLAHOMA CITY – A massive manhunt is underway in Logan County for a suspect accused shooting and killing a Logan County Sheriff deputy Tuesday morning after the deputy attempted to serve an eviction notice.

According to authorities, Logan County Sheriff Deputy David Wade was shot several times at around 9:20 a.m. as he attempted to serve an eviction notice at a residence in Mulhall. The shooter, identified as Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, also reportedly stole Wade’s official deputy pickup and drove to Langston, where he allegedly stole another vehicle at Smitty’s One Stop convenience store at gunpoint.

Wade died from his injuries, authorities confirmed.

Damon Devereaux, Logan County sheriff, said the deputy responded at 8:52 a.m. to serve the eviction notice. Upon arrival, he made contact with three individuals and began running names, but at 9:20 called in to say he had been shot in the face.

Wade was shot multiple times in face and the body. He was taken via helicopter to OU Medical Center where he later died. 

A massive manhunt has organized to locate LeForce after the vehicle stolen from the convenience store was located near Jaxton Road and County Road 77. Law enforcement, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, have set up a search area west of Langston, and Oklahoma City is assisting with the manhunt with a police helicopter.

Langston University as well as schools in nearby Coyle and Mulhall-Orlando remain on lockdown during the search for LeForce. Langston University released a notification to students and staff.

“A deputy was shot in Logan County a short time ago, not on the Langston campus. According to the police, the suspect is possibly armed and dangerous. All faculty, staff, and students on the Langston campus should stay inside their current location.

“The Langston campus is on immediate lock down and all facilities on campus are being secured. If you are on campus, go into the nearest available room and lock the door. If you are not on campus, please delay your arrival. Follow instructions from University officials or local authorities. Do not allow building access to anyone without a valid University ID. Police and security officers have been stationed at certain points on campus to direct traffic and assist individuals. Police are investigating the incident. Please monitor your local news stations and continue to monitor your campus email and alerts for more information and updates.”

Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan ordered flags on county property to be flown at half-staff to honor Wade and said he extended his thoughts and prayers to Logan County.

“This is the second time in recent weeks that a law enforcement officer from central Oklahoma has been killed on duty,” Maughan said. “We are once again reminded of the sacrifices made each day by the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting us.”

LeForce has a record, including an assault and kidnapping charge that was dismissed a year ago.

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