MULHALL, Okla. Logan County deputy David Wade was killed Tuesday after being shot while serving an eviction notice, authorities said, and a suspect was later arrested after a manhunt.
The Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux told reporters Wade was shot several times, including in the face. He was taken to OU Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and later died.
Wade was able to fire, Devereaux said, then radioed in to headquarters to say that he had been shot. The sheriff said Wade was “a warrior.”
“He gave his life serving his community, and I don’t think you can have a bigger honor than that,” Devereaux said, holding back tears.
Devereaux said Wade had served in the U.S. Army and described him as personable and funny. Wade was married with three children and had worked for the sheriff’s office about three years.
Authorities said Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, shot Wade in Mulhall and then drove his patrol car about 25 miles to a convenience store near the town of Coyle. There he stole another vehicle, which has since been found near Guthrie.
LeForce was found in a nearby outbuilding, where he surrendered to authorities, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. John Vincent said. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges he might face.