Hero Down: Logan County Deputy David Wade Murdered
Logan County, Oklahoma - Logan County Deputy David Wade was killed by being shot repeatedly on Tuesday.
Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux told KFOR that Deputy Wade was serving an eviction notice about 9:15 Am at a residence along Mulhall Road near I-35, when he was shot several times in the face and body by the suspect, Nathan LeForce. He was able to return fire but Leforce was hot hit.
Deputy Wade radioed for help and advised that he had been shot. Sheriff Devereaux said that he was with Deputy Wade at the scene just before he was medflighted to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment. Deputy Wade went into cardiac arrest before reaching the hospital.
Emergency crews were able to stabilize him but tragically, Deputy Wade died during surgery just before noon on Tuesday. Sheriff Devereaux said, "He stayed in the fight even being shot up until the suspect fled, so he went down as a warrior in my book."
Leforce then stole Deputy Wade's vehicle and drove to Smitty's Convenience Store in Coyle. He carjacked another car from a female driver and fled. He was taken into custody about 2:15 PM on Tuesday.
LeForce has a lengthy criminal history including multiple misdemeanor convictions. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to pointing a firearm, and eluding police; and in 2012, he pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. In 2015, LeForce was charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, and domestic abuse.
He was not associated with the eviction and his motive for murdering Deputy Wade is not known.
Sheriff Deveraux said:
"I would like everybody to pray for the family of Deputy [Wade] as well as my officers involved and all the assisting agencies. I can tell you this is my first experience with this and it's hard on all of us, as well as our community which David is from. So I ask that everybody come together and pray for everybody involved."
Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan said:
"I have ordered flags on county property lowered to half-staff in memory of Logan County Deputy Sheriff David Wade, who gave his life today in the line of duty. On behalf of the entire Oklahoma County family, I extend our thoughts and prayers to our Logan County neighbors..."
One of his co-workers said this about Deputy Wade:
"He was tough but fair...He loved his kids. He loved and lived for his job. Law enforcement was his passion. He was always someone you could count on."
In an emotional press conference, Sheriff Devereaux said that "Deputy Wade lived like a warrior and he died like one. You know, he gave his life serving his community and I don't think you can have a bigger honor than that,"
Deputy David Wade, age 40, leaves behind his wife and three children. One of his children is currently serving as a Marine, according to the Missouri Network. Deputy Wade was an Army veteran.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of fallen hero Logan County Deputy David Wade, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Wade, your life mattered.