Sheriff: ‘He Went Down Like A Warrior’
The line of duty death of Logan County (OK) Deputy David Wade has rocked a state that has seen two police officers gunned down in recent weeks. Wade was killed Tuesday morning while serving an eviction notice.
He leaves behind a wife and three children, including one child who is serving in the military. He was 40-years-old.
“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,” Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux said.
Newschannel 4 reports that Devereaux spoke with Deputy Wade at the scene of the shooting, and he seemed to be stable. However, Wade went into cardiac arrest when he arrived at the hospital. Emergency crews were able to stabilize him before he underwent surgery, but he did not survive surgery.
Sheriff Devereaux describes Wade as a very personable, intelligent and comical guy.
“He served some time in the Army. In the altercation at the scene, he was able to get some rounds off, so I mean, he stayed in the fight even being shot up until the suspect fled, so he went down as a warrior in my book,” Devereaux said.
After learning that LeForce was taken into custody, Devereaux says it was a relief.
“This is my worst fear- ever, is having to bury one of my guys. And looks like it came to fruition, sadly enough,” Devereaux said.
He says that he has already received an outpouring of support from the community.
“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,” Devereaux said, choking back tears.
Officials in Oklahoma County are already taking action to remember Wade.
“I have ordered flags on county property lowered to half-staff in memory of Logan County Deputy 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. This is the second time in recent weeks that a law enforcement officer from central Oklahoma has been killed on duty. We are once against reminded of the sacrifices made each day by the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting us,” said Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, in a statement.