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OKARCHE, Okla. - A suspect has been shot and killed after investigators said he walked towards deputies with a gun. It happened just before 1 p.m Monday.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said it started when Union City police noticed a stolen pickup truck.

"We were involved in a pursuit that started earlier this morning. The white truck that's in the center median actually belongs to Braum's Dairy Farms in Tuttle, and it was stolen this morning," West said.

West said the suspect had no plans on stopping for law enforcement. The chase went from Union City to El Reno to Okarche.

"We went through Okarche and, from what I understand, the vehicle was doing about 60 miles an hour through town," he said.

West said speeds quickly doubled in matters of seconds, making it dangerous for drivers along U.S. Highway 81.

"He sped up to about 100 miles an hour and was passing vehicles on the shoulder. The ground is wet from the rains, and the driver lost control, the vehicle shot back across the highway in front of those vehicles into the center median and came to a rest," he said.

That's when West said his deputies decided to take action to make sure the suspect wouldn't drive off again.

"The guy was trying to get out of the center median and, in order to prevent it from continuing on, he fired some rounds in one of the tires to flatten it," West said.

The suspect then got in his truck with a gun, and that's when deputies opened fire.

"The guy came out of the vehicle with a firearm, and five of my deputies fired rounds," West said.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is now leading the investigation, and the five deputies have been placed on administrative leave.

The suspects name has yet to be released at this time.

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