Fugitive captured after shootout

Thursday, February 8th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WATTS, Okla. (AP) -- Police officers captured a fugitive after a shootout that left him wounded in the leg and shoulder, authorities said.

Bobby Lamone Sanders, 40, was arrested at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a horse trailer outside a home in rural Adair County six miles south and three miles west of Watts.

Sanders was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Stilwell and later transferred to a hospital in Tulsa. His injuries were not life-threatening.

No law enforcement officers were hurt.

Sanders was wanted by state and local authorities for aggravated assault, escape from lawful detention, false impersonation of another person and assault on a police officer. Police also said he was a drug suspect.

Police had been searching for Sanders for his alleged involvement in an undercover purchase of methamphetamine by a police informant at the home of Siloam Springs High School English teacher Betty Wright on Jan. 3.

A tip Wednesday afternoon of Sanders whereabouts led a drug task force officer to contact local authorities, who then spotted Sanders in a vehicle.

He allegedly began shooting after his car was stopped.

He drove into a field and ran to a home where he stole a truck.

Sanders drove the truck into a chicken house about a quarter mile north of a horse trailer.

About 75 state and local law enforcement officers had converged on the scene. A sheriff's helicopter flew above the area.

When police found Sanders in the trailer, he had a gun pointed to his chin, police said. A small explosive was used to stun Sanders and enable officers to arrest him.