A “Blue Alert” has been issued in a statewide Oklahoma search for a man who shot two Wellston, Ok., police officers and then killed two of his relatives Sunday night, The Oklahoman reports. Michael Dale Vance Jr., 38, of Chandler, who already was facing a child sexual abuse charge, is being sought today. He is wanted in the deaths of his aunt and uncle Valerie Kay Wilkson, 54, and Ronald Everett Wilkson, 55, who were found dead Sunday night.
The killings happened about three hours after Wellston officers Jim Hampton and Shawn Stewart were shot and injured in a shoot-out. A Blue Alert warns law enforcement and the public when someone is wanted in a case involving an assault on a law enforcement officer. Electronic signs along state roadways are alerting the public about the manhunt for Vance. Vance, who was wounded in the shoot-out, took an officer’s pickup, carjacked a getaway vehicle at a trailer park, and then drove to the home of his aunt and uncle. He brutally killed them both, almost severing his uncle’s head, then stole their car, authorities said.