Accused OK Killer With Hit List Killed by Highway Patrol

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The weeklong manhunt for Oklahoma murder suspect Michael Dale Vance Jr. ended last night when he was shot and killed during a shoot-out with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, The Oklahoman reports. “It was pretty dramatic,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams said. Troopers shot and killed Vance after setting up roadblocks on a country road after Vance shot Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander, the highway patrol chief said. Sander was being treated at a hospital after being shot in the arm and shoulder, authorities said. Adams said a highway patrol helicopter spotted Vance, who had not been seen for nearly a week.

“We pinned him down,” Adams said. “He’s dead. … It was an extremely good job of police work by every agency involved.” Vance, 38, shot two Wellston, Ok., police officers Oct 23, fled in a police pickup, stole a car at a trailer home park, and then drove to a home in Luther and killed two relatives, Ronald Wilkson and Valerie Kay Wilkson. Vance had a hit list of as many as eight others he wanted to kill. He had targeted most of them because of a pending child sexual abuse case against him. He also was targeting a former boss who fired him.



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