LeForce has been captured and is in police custody at the Logan County Jail.
The Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux confirmed that the officer shot while delivering an eviction notice this morning was Deputy David Wade. He was treated on site until he was in stable condition, at which point he was mediflighted to OU Medical to receive further treatment for gunshot injuries to the face and body. After arriving at the hospital, he died from his injuries. Devereaux confirmed Deputy Wade died from the sustained injuries.
At approximately 9 a.m Tuesday April 18, a Logan County Sheriff's Deputy was delivering an eviction notice in Mulhall. According to Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux, the deputy was speaking with three individuals when one pulled out a gun. At approximately 9:20 a.m the deputy went on the radio, saying he had been shot in the face. At this time the deputy's name has not been released.
After the initial shooting, various agencies responded to the scene immediately, including rescue, Logan County Sheriffs agents, Crescent Police, Oklahoma Highway patrol and an emergency helicopter. The deputy was immediately placed in the ambulance where the responding units began taking care of the wounds. The deputy was responsive and speaking about the incident to the first responders by the time Devereaux arrived on the scene shortly after the initial incident.
The deputy explained the situation as other officers interviewed witnesses to the crime. When the helicopter arrived, the pilot and medic assisted the first responders in assuring the deputy was in stable condition. Once the team was sure the deputy was in stable condition, he was moved to the helicopter and was flown to OU Medical for further treatment.
According to Devereaux, the other two who were on sight at the time of the shooting may have fled the scene.
"Those other two are not a big concern of mine at this time, it's making sure my deputy gets what he needs," Devereaux explained.
While Devereaux and other officers of various agencies were on site seeing to the injured deputy, other law enforcement agents were on the search for the shooter. The shooter was identified as Nathan Aaron LeForce, a white male born in 1972. The man has a previous criminal record including convictions for unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of stolen vehicle and possession of taken credit cards in Oklahoma County in Jan. 2012. He was cited as obstructing an officer in 2006 and feloniously pointing a weapon and attempting to elude police officers in Noble County in 2000.
LeForce stole the deputy cruiser and fled the scene. According to Devereaux, the man stopped at a convenience store shortly after, left the cruiser and stole a grey Mazda 3 vehicle. As reports continue to come in, the man has left the second stolen vehicle and continues to flee on foot.
The man is currently wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jeans, and a gold chain. LeForce has black hair and a black goatee. Civilians should alert the authorities and not confront this man if seen.
As the deputy left the scene, Devereaux said it a very emotional time for him and his team.
"There were several times this morning I fought back tears with my guys. It hurts to see one of your own hurt. It is very emotional and I ask for the public to pray for our staff, the deputy and the deputy's family," Devereaux said.
He commented that the investigators received solid information from the witnesses on scene and will continue to pursue LeForce while ensuring the deputy is in stable condition.
Updates will continue to be supplied as the information comes in.
Update: 11:20 a.m.
While on scene at the deputy shooting in Mulhall this morning, Sherrif Damon Devereaux said the deputy is currently in stable condition and he is being taken by helicopter to OU medical. The authorities are still in pursuit of LeForce.
At this time the Deputy's name has not been shared with the media. Sheriff Devereaux said the deputy arrived to a home on his own to issue an eviction notice. He met three individuals and the scene was quiet until approximately 9:20 a.m. when the deputy called for emergency assistance over the radio.
According to Sheriff Devereaux, "The suspect (Nathan Aaron LeForce) got into the cruiser and stole it from the scene. Then parked it at Smitty's convenience store and took a grey Mazda 3 vehicle and fled the scene."
Update: 1:25 p.m.
Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux confirmed that Deputy David Wade perished from injuries this morning. Sheriff Devereaux requests prayers for the department, the deputy and the deputy's family.