OSBI still hunting for Interstate 40 gunman


Monday, July 19, 2021 - The search continues in the Antlers area (Pushmataha County) for a person of interest in a Saturday night shooting in Sequoyah County that left two men critically injured.


On Sunday, Antlers police spotted Lee King traveling in a stolen vehicle and initiated a pursuit that ended with King exiting the vehicle and running into the woods, according to Brooke Arbeitman, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation public information officer.


Arbeitman said Monday that OSBI teams are currently processing the stolen vehicle for latent prints and other evidence. She said the vehicle had been stolen during a carjacking in Oklahoma City and the female driver was shot during the incident. That case and the Sequoyah County shootings, Arbeitman said, are “definitely related.”


According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane, the two male shooting victims were traveling on Interstate 40 and apparently picked up King, who was hitchhiking. The Good Samaritans took their passenger to a gas station then back to his stolen car with gas in a gas can, where they were both shot. They were found lying near the road close to mile marker 293 on Interstate 40.


The men, both from Greenwood, Ark., are in critical condition. One of them was transported to a Little Rock hospital for facial reconstruction.


Arbeitman said that based on the evidence, King may be headed to Shreveport, La., or Houston, and he is believed to still be on foot.


The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office, Antlers Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are assisting with the investigation.


If you have any information on King’s whereabouts, contact the OSBI immediately at (800) 522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov.



Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer


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