Suspect caught in shooting of deputy

Nathan Aaron LeForce

EDMOND — A Logan County Sheriff’s deputy serving an eviction notice at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday was shot at least twice near Mulhall Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Deputy David Wade was shot multiple times in the chest and face. He died from his injuries.

The suspect, Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, of Logan County, was taken into custody at approximately 2 p.m. after an extensive manhunt.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi said she had heard earlier in the day that Wade was still alive, but she did not know his condition. Wade was transported by Mediflight to OU Medical Center where he was treated, according to information from the Guthrie News Leader, but later died from his gunshot wounds.

LeForce reportedly drove the deputy’s car to a gas station near Coyle. LeForce was described as a white male wearing a black shirt with tattoos on his neck.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, along with sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement, was positioned near County Road 76 and Post Road, believing they were close to finding LeForce in the area.

“He stole the deputy’s patrol car — ended up leaving it behind Smitty’s Gas Station, which is on Highway 33 west of Langston,” Philippi said. “He carjacked a 4-door gray Mazda car.”

Oklahoma City police and OHP swarmed the area with helicopters. Several Police departments and task forces were involved in the manhunt, Philippi said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations had warned that LeForce should be considered armed and dangerous, and that residents in the area should stay inside and lock their doors.