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Police searching for man who allegedly fired shots at Tonkawa officer

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TONKAWA, Okla. -- Authorities are looking for a man they say shot at an officer early Wednesday morning.

It quickly became the talk of the town.

"Tonkawa is just a little sleepy community like a lot of rural towns are. It’s very comfortable. So when things happen, it’s kind of surprising," Kelley Conaghan, a longtime Tonkawa resident, said.

Residents like Conaghan were shocked to hear a driver allegedly shot at a Tonkawa officer Wednesday morning.

Police say officers attempted to make a traffic stop at I-35 and Hwy 60. That's when the vehicle stopped and shots were fired.

"I think that’s pretty crazy. I mean, it’s a small town. You don’t really see stuff like that. I mean there’s a lot of them, we have a lot of cops and they should have equipment to keep them safe but you never know with stuff like that," Tonkawa resident Dalton Lacy said.

Luckily, police say no one was injured.

The incident led to a pursuit, but authorities say they lost the vehicle in Noble County.

"That’s the only thing with the interstate being there. You’ve got all sorts of people coming from wherever, just trying to get somewhere quick and they pull them over and you never really know," Lacy said.

Authorities are looking for a dark green or black small to mid-size extended cab pick-up. They say it's possibly a Nissan, Toyota, or Isuzu.

The truck was lowered and had dark tail light colors and the letters NLM or NIM  painted on the right side of the tailgate according to authorities.

They say the driver is a tall, lanky white male about 6'0" tall and 165 pounds with short wavy brown hair.

Anyone with any information about the vehicle or driver is encouraged to call the Tonkawa Police Department or the Kay County Sheriff’s Office.