Armed, dangerous fugitive stopped in Oklahoma


CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – A former deputy’s run from the law is stopped by authorities in Oklahoma.

They believe the man was making a cross-country get away.

Thousands of cars travel Interstate 40 every day; finding one in particular can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

However, Canadian County authorities have a special team patrolling this busy roadway.

When an alert came in from Arkansas to be on the lookout for a black Chevy Impala, it wasn’t long until they spotted it.

Behind the wheel was 45-year-old Tom Nelson, a reserve deputy from Van Buren, Arkansas.

He’s now considered an armed and dangerous fugitive on the run, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.

“He had an assault rifle as well as a pistol and had several magazines and rounds with each of them,” Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said.

From a dashboard camera, you can see authorities quickly surround Nelson’s vehicle and take him into custody at gun point.

“He cooperated,” Edwards said. “There were several guns pointed at him. He cooperated.”

“We were very fortunate that it didn’t turn into a gun battle,” Sgt. Jason McWhorter said.

Deputies said Nelson had a loaded gun sitting next to him and an assault rifle in the trunk.

“Him being on the run, that was quite alarming for us approaching the vehicle being armed the way he was armed,” McWhorter said.

Authorities said they believe he was on his way to California, his cross-country run stopped at mile marker 108.

“He’s been through several counties since Van Buren, Arkansas,” Edwards said. “He came into Canadian County and we were able to catch him.”

Arkansas authorities picked up Nelson Tuesday afternoon.

They have since transported him back to their state where he is now behind bars.