Suspect killed by Choctaw County law enforcement identified

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HUGO, Okla. -- Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officers reported Friday that William Lee Honea, 33, of Yantis, Texas was killed Thursday by law enforcement officers, ending a chase that began in Hugo, Okla., and ended near the Choctaw Casino in Grant, Okla.

OSBI reports state around 2:45 p.m. Hugo Police got word that a 33-year-old man, Honea, wanted in Texas for armed robbery, was at the Choctaw Casino in Grant.

When police approached Honea, he ran across Highway 271, and stole a pick up truck with a rifle in it.

"A pursuit then began involving the Hugo Police Department, Choctaw County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma highway patrol and OSBI agents in the area," said Gary Perkinson with OSBI.

During the 15-minute chase, Honea traveled several county roads, even hitting a semi. When he re-entered the highway, OHP got involved.

"The trooper engaged him tactical vehicle intervention the subject ran off the roadway to the right and crashed right here at the Choctaw Casino," said OHP Lt. Shawn Pierce.

Gary Perkinson with OSBI says the man took the rifle from the truck and fired in the direction of the officers.

"The subject allegedly stepped out of the pick up with the rifle in a threatening manner which led officers to fire at the subject killing him," said Perkinson.

Right now, law enforcement will not say which agency's officer shot the suspect because the investigation is ongoing.

"Currently investigating it is the OSBI and Choctaw Nation, said Pierce. "They are the two primary agencies involved."