Officer, deputy die in collision during pursuit; suspect dies in separate crash
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two law enforcement officers were killed Thursday when their cars collided during a pursuit in rural western Oklahoma, and the suspect died in a separate crash a few miles away, authorities said.
The Washita County undersheriff was attempting to serve a suspect with a felony warrant about 9:40 a.m. in Sentinel in western Oklahoma when the person fled in a car, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Orr said. About a half-hour later, the suspect crashed and was killed just south of Dill City, about 10 miles from where the pursuit started.
A few miles away, the undersheriff and a police officer from the nearby Burns Flat department crashed their vehicles into each other and also were killed, Orr said.
Both accidents happened in an area about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. The patrol identified the suspect as Quentin Lee Johnson, but did not immediately release his age or describe the nature of the warrant. The officers' names weren't immediately released.
It's not clear how the Burns Flat officer became involved in the pursuit or what led to the collision, Orr said.
The sheriff's office and Burns Flat city officials referred questions to the patrol. No one answered the phone at the police department.