The search for an escapee in Pottawatomie County Tuesday ended with a law-enforcement involved shootout and a suspect killed at a residence near Pink. An investigation is ongoing.

The search for an escapee in Pottawatomie County Tuesday ended with a law-enforcement involved shootout and a suspect killed at a residence near Pink. An investigation is ongoing.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said U.S. Marshals and local deputies were searching for the escapee — 40-year-old Ricky L. Rusche. — at a home along Okay Road at Tarver Drive, located south of SH 9.

According to the Department of Corrections, Rusche was listed as an escapee from the Carver Transitional Center in Oklahoma City since Dec. 26.

Booth said local authorities were first alerted in early January that Rusche was seen in the county at a Tecumseh pawn shop, so they've been looking for him since.

Tuesday, that search led a team of U.S. Marshals and local deputies to the Pink area.

As the search of the home commenced, the team had an encounter with the suspect and shots were fired, the sheriff said.

“We don't know who shot where at this time,” Booth said about the incident, but he said one suspect was killed at the scene.

Booth said they do believe the decedent is Rusche, but it will be up to the state medical examiner to make a positive identification.

Two other suspects with outstanding warrants were found at the home and they were taken into custody at the scene.

Booth said Bobby Akins, 34, had an outstanding Grady County warrant for possession of a precursor to manufacture controlled dangerous substance.

Dennis J. Beisaw, 33, had an outstanding Pottawatomie County warrant for possession of CDS.

Both were being held in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Tuesday night.

The sheriff said Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Troop Z is leading the shooting investigation, but numerous agencies also are involved.

Booth, who has two deputies that also serve as U.S. Marshals, said other deputies also responded to the search scene with department's drone to help Marshals in the search.

Booth's deputies were outside when the shots were fired in that home, he said.

According to DOC records, Rusche was incarcerated with DOC for charges out of Oklahoma County for unauthorized use of a vehicle, false declaration of ownership in pawn and embezzlement.

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