A man accused of shooting three people with a rifle and then shooting himself during a chase across Oklahoma was killed during a police shootout in northwest Oklahoma, authorities said.
The suspect, whose name was not released, was found dead by a state trooper in a ditch, authorities in Tulsa County said in a statement Sunday.
The investigation is continuing.
“There were no injuries to officers or civilians in this incident,” the statement said.
A state trooper was also wounded during the shootout.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it had no comment.
The shooting happened near Interstate 45 and North State Parkway in the town of Overland Park.
The chase began around 9 p.m.
ET on Sunday near Interstate 35 in Overland County, officials said.
Officers stopped a vehicle on the side of the road that had a front license plate that matched the vehicle they had spotted the suspect driving, according to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Jason T. Anderson, was stopped by police for driving under the influence.
Authorities later found the vehicle had been abandoned and the driver dead.
Officials said the vehicle was stolen in January.
Authorities had said Anderson had been trying to flee police in a vehicle with a stolen license plate.
The agency did not say where the stolen vehicle had driven to the time of the chase or how many times it had been stolen.
Authorities said Anderson shot at them several times.
The truck, which was not carrying passengers, was then driven off by the troopers.
Authorities found the driver’s body after finding the vehicle abandoned in the ditch.
The vehicle was then recovered by the Oklahoma Highway Guardrail, a large, heavily armored vehicle that patrols the state highway system.
The guardrail was also searched by authorities after it was spotted in the vicinity of the shooting scene, the agency said.
Authorities identified the victim as 32-yearold James “K.J.”
McBride, a former member of the Tulsa Police Department.
He was an officer who was assigned to the Overland Division in the Tulsa area for four years and was in the process of transferring to the city’s other division, the Tulsa World reported.
Authorities did not immediately release the names of the three men who were killed.
Authorities in Tulsa said Anderson was a convicted felon with a felony warrant out for his arrest.
He had been fired from the Tulsa police department last year and had been on parole for several years, the newspaper reported.