Oklahoma State Trooper Shoots Through His Own Windshield to Kill HIV Positive Fugitive Who Sexually Assaulted 15-Year-Old Girl and Beheaded His Relatives

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Graphic footage shows an Oklahoma state trooper grabbing a rifle and shooting through his own windshield during a high speed chase that left a fugitive dead on Sunday.

Michael Dale Vance Jr, 38, was ‘pinned down’ and shot dead in a ‘dramatic’ stand-off on Sunday night in Butler, Oklahoma – ending a violent week-long manhunt that began while he was awaiting trial for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Vance, who had been on the run since October 23, shot Sheriff Clay Sander in the arm at 9.30pm on Sunday after the cop pulled him over to warn that the chain dragging behind his stolen truck could start a fire.

The fugitive then drove away, leading Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers on a half-hour pursuit before he was shot dead.

Two crucial videos were released today; one was a split screen dash cam video from the trooper’s car, with one camera pointing outwards at Vance’s vehicle while another showed the interior of the patrol car as the trooper reached for his rifle and shot at Vance through his own windshield.

A second video, captured by a helicopter, showed an aerial view of Vance speeding through a checkpoint of three patrol units before he got out of the truck, exchanged gunfire, and fell backwards when he was shot dead.

The search for Vance began more than a week ago after he shot and wounded two police officers in Wellston, 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, when they responded to reports of a disturbance, authorities said.

Later that same night, officers in nearby Luther found the bodies of Vance’s aunt and uncle, Valerie and Ronald Wilkson, nearly decapitated in the trunk of an abandoned car.

For more than a week, Vance left behind a trail of destruction, shooting residents and stealing their cars in a number of towns throughout Oklahoma.

Vance shot a total of three police officers, opened fire at several Oklahoma residents during carjackings, killed two family members, and proudly showed off his AK-47 during live streams of his crime sprees on Facebook.

He was still on the run after eight days when he was spotted at a camp site near Hammon in western Oklahoma around 3pm on Sunday.

But he fled the area and at 9.30pm, Vance shot Dewey County deputy Clay Sander in the arm after the officer pulled him over and tried to warn him that the chain dragging behind his stolen truck could start a fire.

He drove off, but an Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) helicopter spotted Vance, who led police on a chase for half an hour, during which he emptied two 30-round magazines of ammunition.

The newly-released dash cam footage shows a lone trooper shooting at Vance’s truck through his own windshield while he is still driving the patrol vehicle.

In the aerial footage captured by the helicopter, Vance can be seen speeding past a checkpoint designed to stop him.

The fugitive eventually got out of his car, using it for cover while advancing on troopers and continuing fire.

At 10.15pm, five troopers shot and killed Vance, who could be seen from the helicopter footage falling backwards upon impact.

The family of Mr and Mrs Wilkson, who Vance is believed to have killed and dismembered, have spoken of their relief after hearing the news.

‘It’s one of those sad happy days that our parents are finally at peace,’ one relative told News 9.

Sheriff Shane Booth of Ellis County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook: ‘The manhunt is over and all Ellis County deputies are fine.

‘Unfortunately, one officer was shot and he is one of my best friends. So, I’m asking for prayers for him. Thank you.’

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said people across the state could rest easier following Vance’s death.

‘I think from a standpoint of our citizens is means he’s not going to victimize any of our citizens anymore,’ Whetsel said.

‘Ron and Valerie were just enjoying a Sunday evening when they had their lives taken away by this crazed killer.’

April Harden, who was accused of helping Vance flee, was arrested as an accessory to murder, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said.

Danny Roach and Reginald Moore, who were both suspected accessories to murder, are also in custody.

The family of Mr and Mrs Wilkson, who Vance is believed to have killed and dismembered, have spoken of their relief after hearing the news.

‘It’s one of those sad happy days that our parents are finally at peace,’ one relative told News 9.

Sheriff Shane Booth of Ellis County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook: ‘The manhunt is over and all Ellis County deputies are fine.

‘Unfortunately, one officer was shot and he is one of my best friends. So, I’m asking for prayers for him. Thank you.’

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said people across the state could rest easier following Vance’s death.

‘I think from a standpoint of our citizens is means he’s not going to victimize any of our citizens anymore,’ Whetsel said.

‘Ron and Valerie were just enjoying a Sunday evening when they had their lives taken away by this crazed killer.’

April Harden, who was accused of helping Vance flee, was arrested as an accessory to murder, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said.

Danny Roach and Reginald Moore, who were both suspected accessories to murder, are also in custody.

The trail then went cold until he was spotted again on Sunday, October 30.

Police feared Vance, who was reportedly HIV positive, would go on the run and attempt to spread the sexually transmitted disease.

They also said that he had a ‘hit list’ of people he intended to harm, although most of them were outside Oklahoma. They were given protection by authorities.

His alleged teenage victim told police in July how he had rubbed her back, put his hands in her underwear and began kissing her, an arrest affidavit states.

He had been due to appear in Lincoln County Court on November 7 and may have been referencing the impending charges when he said in his Facebook videos that he had been ‘set up.’

SOURCE: Mail Online
Jessica Chia