Search continues for shooting suspect



Sunday, July 18, 2021 - Law enforcement are continuing to search for the suspect in a double-shooting that occurred Saturday night.


According to the Sequoyah County Sheriff's department it is now believed that the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle instead of on foot as earlier suspected.


The suspect had ran out of gas on Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 293 westbound when a couple stopped and picked him up and drove him to Loves in Vian to obtain gas for his vehicle. After returning to his car, on the interstate, he shot both the man and the woman leaving them in critical condition.


Authorities initially believed that he had fled on foot into the woods. They now believe that he fueled up his car and fled the area, eastbound on I-40.


Local and state law enforcement have searched throughout the night and will continue extra patrol in the area where the incident occurred until he is in custody, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff's office.


"OSBI is now conducting the investigation," Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said. "They are being assisted by SCSO Investigator's BR Rutherford and Dewayne Frizzell as well as Undersheriff Charles House."


Although he is believed to have fled the area, residents should still use reasonable caution until the suspect is located. He is armed and very dangerous, according to officials.


The suspect is a black male last seen wearing dark pants and a blue shirt.



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