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Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Shots Fired in Traffic Stop





News Staff Writer


TONKAWA — Oklahoma law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect who shot at police overnight in Tonkawa.


According to the Tonkawa Police Department, police attempted to stop a vehicle at 2:36 a.m. Wednesday at I-35 and Highway 60. Police said the vehicle stopped a mile south and shots were exchanged between police and the suspect.


Police lost sight of the vehicle in Noble County.


Tonkawa police issued an attempt to locate at 4:11 a.m. to area and state police departments. Police describe the vehicle as a dark green crew cab truck with red letters NLM. The truck was lowered and had dark tail light covers and an obscured tag.


The driver is described as a tall, lanky male with short wavy brown hair and a small amount of brown chin hair. He is considered armed and dangerous.


Tonkawa police would not comment further on the incident.


Blackwell police chief Dewayne Wood said his officers were aware of the call but did not play a role in the pursuit because it was south of Blackwell.


Wood said in the wake of recent police tragedies he has asked his officers to be more vigilant.


“Sometimes complacently sits in,” said Wood. “We have a great community who helps look out for us. We do deal with outsiders because of I-35. It is always good to make officer safety a top priority.”


Anyone with any information on the wanted vehicle is asked to call the Tonkawa Police Department or Kay County Sheriff’s Office.

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