ADA, Okla. (KFOR) – Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are still looking for an armed suspect who fled from authorities in Ada.
Around 10:20 a.m. Saturday morning, a trooper attempted to pull over the driver of a red pickup truck for a traffic violation.
“Then [the driver] fled at a high rate of speed,” said Trooper Eric Forster, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “It wasn’t a long pursuit. It was very quick.”
Trooper Foster said the driver then stopped his truck in the woods in the area of State Highway Three, near Oak St. and 32nd St. The situation escalated when the driver stepped out of his vehicle with a rifle in hand.
“If someone has a rifle in their hands, that is a threat,” said Trooper Foster. “When law enforcement is trying to talk to you and and you have your hand on the rifle, we have to perceive that as a threat.”
According to Trooper Foster, the man ran into the wooded area.
“The suspect fled into a wood line where multiple agencies set up a perimeter to contain him inside that perimeter,” said Trooper Foster.
The manhunt near that area lasted for about 7 hours.
However, around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Trooper Foster told KFOR the suspect somehow got out of the secured area and authorities are still looking for him. The trooper said OHP “has an understanding of who he is” and made is clear that the public is safe.
No other details were released.