Oklahoma murder suspect steals deputy's car, flees

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Posted: Jun 26, 2011 3:53 PM
Oklahoma murder suspect steals deputy's car, flees

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Oklahoma are conducting a manhunt on Sunday after a man accused of murder overpowered guards and escaped from a jail in Purcell in a stolen police car, authorities said.

The McClain County Sheriff's Office named the escapee as Shaun Bosse, who was awaiting trial on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

"He overpowered the jailers and secured them, and took the vehicle and keys and left the city," Undersheriff Bill Shobe told Reuters.

Deputies later found the car, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix abandoned. Shobe said officers are continuing with a ground and air search to recapture Bosse.

News reports said Bosse is accused of murdering Katrina Griffin, 24, and her two children, Christian, 8, and Chastity, 6, whose bodies were found in a blazing mobile home last year.

Shobe said Bosse is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 215 pounds.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; editing by Wendell Marsh)