Police: Suspect in deadly chase had lengthy criminal past

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NORMAN, Okla. - We're learning more about the fugitive who killed himself at a busy intersection after leading officers in a high-speed, multi-county chase.

The suspect, 31-year-old Juddson Fanning, was wanted for assault and strangulation.

Tuesday afternoon, he led officers on a chase that ended at the intersection of Main St. and 24th Ave. N.W.

As officers surrounded his car, Fanning pulled out a gun and shot himself.

Fanning had multiple warrants for his arrest stemming from two different crimes in Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.

He also had a lengthy criminal history.

Police say the man had no intention of spending anymore time behind bars.

Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, "He'd made statements that he would not go back to prison, that he would not be taken alive."

A search of DOC records details Fanning's criminal history.

Most recently, Fanning had been serving a 10 year suspended sentence for robbery.

Fanning's recent legal trouble began at a home he shared with his wife and kids.

Prosecutors charged Fanning with domestic assault for allegedly choking and attempting to stab his wife.

When Fanning failed to show up to a court hearing last month, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Just days later, sheriff's officers in Pottawatomie County say Fanning pepper-sprayed and tried to handcuff another victim.

"He had one handcuff on his wrist, that's how far they got," said Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth.  "Someone comes in and does that, it sends off red flags. We wanted everybody to know."

With Pottawatomie County officials on the lookout for Fanning, officers in Oklahoma City spotted him in a gold car and gave chase.

Police say their officers did nothing wrong leading up to the shooting.

Nelson said, "None of the officers are on leave. No officers fired at him."

Two people that were in the car Fanning hit were treated and released with minor injuries.

1 Comment

  • Somer

    I knew Juddson Fanning. He was a great father to his kids, had so much going for him until one day, someone took it all away, there was nothing he could do because this person knew people in high places working against him. He told many people several times including myself that he refused to go back to jail, he would rather die.

    rest in peace Juddson

    You are not the criminal that so many are making you out to be.

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