Prosecutor to seek death in murder of Oklahoma deputy

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Deputy David Wade Deputy David Wade
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) -

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma sheriff's deputy (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

An Oklahoma prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy.

Logan County District Attorney Laura Thomas says she will seek the ultimate punishment because 45-year-old Nathan LeForce is a threat to society and that the crime he's accused of is particularly heinous and cruel.

LeForce was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery.

Logan County Deputy David Wade died Tuesday after he was shot while serving an eviction notice near Mulhall, about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.

2:40 p.m.

A man suspected of fatally shooting an Oklahoma deputy is now charged with first-degree murder.

Online court records show 45-year-old Nathan LeForce was charged Thursday in Logan County with murder, larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery.

Court records don't list an attorney for him, and he remains jailed.

LeForce is charged in Tuesday's shooting of Logan County deputy David Wade, who was serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Authorities say LeForce took Wade's patrol vehicle and drove to a convenience store, where he stole a car that was found abandoned near Guthrie. LeForce was later found and arrested near Guthrie.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said earlier Thursday that the gun used in the shooting has not been found.


Previous story by KAKE News on April 18:

A man has been taken into custody after authorities said he shot and killed a Logan County, Oklahoma, deputy Tuesday morning. 

Emergency crews and law enforcement responded to the scene near I-35 and Mulhall in Logan County, north of Oklahoma City. KOCO reports the deputy was serving an eviction notice. The suspect then shot the deputy and stole the deputy's vehicle.

The deputy was shot at least three times, once in the face, authorities said. He was taken to OU Medical Center where he later died from his injuries, family members confirmed.

The sheriff believes the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Nathan Aaron Leforce, drove the deputy's car to a gas station near Coyle, where he carjacked a woman.

LeForce was arrested at around 2:30 p.m. near Post and Jaxton Road, northeast of Guthrie. 

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