Suspect arrested after area search

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A helicopter hovered over north Shawnee early Sunday morning as law enforcement officers searched for an armed man who had allegedly violated a protective order by breaking into his estranged wife’s home. The man was taken into custody following the morning manhunt.

Kelly Nash, 31, Tecumseh, was jailed on complaints of violation of a protective order, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show. He remained jailed at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Monday on $50,000 bond. Formal charges have not been filed.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Kurt Shirey said the estranged wife awoke in her home on Westech Road early Sunday morning to find Nash trying to remove her clothing. She escaped, locked herself in another room and called authorities, he said. She told deputies Nash had a gun.

Nash left the home, reportedly fleeing into the woods, which prompted a search. At one point, Shirey said Deputy Eric Fletcher heard a gunshot and didn’t know if Nash was shooting at law enforcement, into the air or trying to harm himself. Because of the gunshots, REACT EMS paramedics responded to the area in standby mode.

During the search, Deputy Karen Hendrickson found Nash in the Butler Drive area and got into two foot pursuits, but he again fled into the woods, Shirey said.
A perimeter was set up and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter responded. Several tribal officers assisted deputies at the scene.

As the search commenced, Shirey said a state trooper made contact with Nash by calling his cell phone; Nash told that trooper places and locations where he was reportedly walking, but he wasn’t found to be in any of those areas. Deputies found his van south of Garrett’s Lake Road on Bryan Street and watched for him to return there.

About 11:35 a.m., Nash was found walking toward Interstate 40 where he approached two troopers in the Motel 6 parking lot and was taken into custody without incident, Shirey said.

At the time of his arrest, Nash didn’t have the firearm. Shirey said he told authorities he tossed it out somewhere. That firearm has not been found.
The case will be turned over the district attorney’s office for consideration of any charges.

Court records shows Nash’s estranged wife filed for an emergency protective order Sept. 3 and a permanent EPO was issued Sept. 25.