The Woodward News

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April 30, 2013

Enid officers call off hunt for suspect

Woodward, Okla. — By Dale Denwalt

CNHI News Service

ENID — Local and state police searched an area east of Enid Monday for a man who may have pointed a gun at employees of a powerline services company, but officers gave up the search after an "intensive" walkthrough of the area that lasted several hours.

Police spent the morning and afternoon methodically searching wooded areas and wheat fields south of Garriott Road and west of South 54th Street — both on foot and in off-road vehicles — but there was still no sign of the suspect.

At around 2 p.m., police tightened the perimeter north of Market Street. Just after 3 p.m., officers shut down their command post and called off the manhunt.

Capt. Jack Morris with the Enid Police Department said that about 7:30 a.m. Monday, employees of Patriot Solution discovered a man on their lot. The suspect reportedly brandished a gun and ran away, the officer said. The employees may have interrupted the man during a burglary, Morris said.

Patriot Solution is an electric powerline services company located at 5621 Sooner Trend, northeast of Garriott Road and 54th Street. A manager who answered the phone at the business declined to comment about the incident.

Police directed units to search near the 5000 block of Market Street because that is where police believe they last spotted him. Morris said an Enid police officer on a traffic stop saw the suspect running through a field shortly after the 911 call came in.

Enid police requested help from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's tactical team and Enid officers deployed K-9 units to assist with the search. The city's SWAT team was mobilized at 8 a.m.

OHP also sent a helicopter and an airplane, and both were seen making low passes over the fields south of Garriott. Several streets along the highway were blocked off by Enid patrol units to preserve the perimeter, which initially stretched for a mile along Garriott from 42nd Street and 54th Street, then south to Market Street.

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