A Tecumseh police officer discharged his duty weapon at a vehicle Friday afternoon when the suspect allegedly tried to run over three law enforcement officers and fled on foot after a short pursuit ended in a crash, sparking an intensive manhunt.
Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said authorities were searching for James Manuel Joseph Morgan, 32.
The search, with the help of night vision equipment in Oklahoma City's police helicopter, was suspended just before 10 p.m. Friday.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said members of his warrant team had attempted to serve Morgan with a felony warrant at a mobile home park on Harrison Road in Tecumseh Friday afternoon.
About the same time, Tecumseh police received a fire alarm call from another mobile home in the same area.
As crews arrived, they noticed a man jump into a vehicle.
Kidney said the suspect driver attempted to run over two Tecumseh police officers and an Absentee Shawnee tribal police officer as he fled the scene.
One of the Tecumseh officers "fired shots at the vehicle," Kidney said, which drove off eastbound on SH 9 towards Seminole, where a short police pursuit ensued.
"We believed one of the bullets" disabled the vehicle, Kidney said, as the driver lost power steering and crashed at SH 9 and Skaggs City/Malone Roads.
Approaching officers noticed the man, wearing tan pants and boots, fled the vehicle and ran southbound.
Initially, Kidney said they weren't sure of the suspect's identity. But further investigation into the vehicle and items inside, along with phone calls, led authorities to believe it was Morgan, the same man they were already looking for, Kidney said.
Court records show Morgan has several outstanding felony warrants, including possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, along with knowingly concealing stolen property.
As the search commenced in the area Friday afternoon and into the evening, Kidney said about 35 law enforcement units were on the ground and sealed off a one-square mile area, and air support initially came from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol airplane.
As darkness fell after 7 p.m., Booth and Kidney said they were awaiting word from the Oklahoma City's helicopter with night vision, which was expected to aid in the search.
After searching until nearly 10 p.m. with no sightings on night vision, Kidney said crews suspended the manhunt.
Sheriff's deputies, tribal police, Tecumseh police, mantracking units form the District Attorney's task force, were among those searching the area.
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