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OHP Speaks on Highway Chase

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LAWTON Okla_ 7News has continuing coverage tonight of that high-speed chase overnight that led to shots fired by an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman in Lawton. 

The car chase started just before midnight Tuesday on I-44 just north of Elgin, and then turned into a foot chase. The driver jumped out of his car and the trooper fired his gun. It ended after a long manhunt in a neighborhood just off Rogers Lane. Authorities blocked off Rogers from the turnpike to Fort Sill Boulevard for several hours, before they finally found the man who started it all. 

OHP Captain George Brown said the trooper felt threatened, but did not say why, so authorities are still looking into that. He said the trooper was the only one who fired. He's not sure how many rounds, but no one was hit. Brown didn't go into details on if a weapon was found on the suspect; he was just glad it ended before things got worse.

"A state trooper on patrol on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike spotted a vehicle in excess of the posted maximum," Brown said. "They were about the Caddo County line. The trooper turned on the vehicle ran the tag, and the vehicle in question was confirmed stolen."

Brown said the trooper told him the driver took off. He's not sure of the speeds, but the driver would not stop. He said they continued south on I-44, but troopers soon had help.

"Comanche County Sheriff's Office were attempting to stop the vehicle where it exited here on Rogers Lane," Brown said.

Brown said the car didn't get far after exiting the interstate. Somehow, the deputies put down stop sticks in the west lanes of Rogers Lane. The driver hit them, blowing out three tires.

"The suspect exited the vehicle, and at some point, the trooper felt threatened and fired on the suspect," Brown said.

Brown said the pursuit didn't end there. He said the suspect was able to elude authorities and run south into a neighborhood. He said that's when OHP and Comanche County Sheriff Deputies began an all out manhunt for the suspect.

Brown said authorities scoured the Mission Village neighborhood for several hours while they searched. 

"Through their investigation, troopers were able to apprehend early Wednesday morning the suspect," Brown said.

Brown said he isn't sure where they found the suspect. As for Rogers Lane, it opened up again about 10 AM.

Brown said the suspect is Kordney Allen of Comanche County. Officials have not said where Allen was coming from or where he was headed.

For now, he is behind bars in Comanche County, facing felony charges of eluding a police officer and possession of a stolen vehicle.

 

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