LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Officials in Oklahoma have released bodycam footage showing the moments before a Logan County deputy was shot serving an eviction notice Tuesday. Deputy David Wade, 40, was shot multiple times and later died in surgery.
Authorities said Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, shot Wade just before 8:45 a.m. in Mulhall when he was serving eviction papers. LeForce then drove the deputy’s patrol car about 25 miles to a convenience store near the town of Coyle, authorities said. There he stole another vehicle, which has since been found near Guthrie.
Some schools in the area were put on lockdown while officers from multiple police agencies searched for LeForce for hours.
LeForce was found in an outbuilding near Guthrie, where he surrendered to authorities, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. John Vincent said.
Wade’s bodycam video shows Wade arriving at a home to serve eviction papers to another person, and speaking to a man who gives his name as Nathan LeForce. Wade is hearding calling in LeForce’s information from his patrol car to a dispatcher.
“Nothing on a Nathan LeForce?” he’s heard saying. “Okay. Something’s fishy.”
The same man is then seen approaching Wade and holding up a gun. Authorities said LeForce pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire from about 20 to 40 feet away.
The fatal shot is not seen on the video.
Wade was able to fire, Logan County Sheriff Damon 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.
Devereaux said LeForce would be interviewed to get his version of events. Two other people were at the home.
LeForce is charged with murder in the first-degree, armed robbery in the first degree and larceny of a motor vehicle, reports CBS affiliate KWTV.
Mulhall is about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.