Oklahoma Cop Injured in Gunfight with Murder Suspect Says He Was Trying to Protect Fellow Officers

artolympic/istock/Thinkstock(WELLSTON, Okla.) -- An Oklahoma police officer who was hurt in a gunfight with a double-murder suspect who is still at-large told ABC News he began shooting at the suspect to save the lives of the other officers the gunman was apparently targeting.

"I didn't want them to be shot," Wellston police officer Jim Hampton told ABC News.

The gunfight began Sunday after Hampton responded to what he described a "routine" call of people firing weapons in an unsafe manor. Hampton said the suspect, later identified as Michael Vance, pointed a gun at other officers and started shooting at them.

"I knew I had to get [Vance's] attention towards me to get [the officers] out of the way," Hampton said, "So I started shooting at him."

Hampton said he hit the suspect in his shoulder, knocking him to the ground. But he said then Vance got back up and their "gunfight was back on."

"At one point we both stood up together -- he was shooting at me and I was shooting at him," Hampton said.

Once Hampton's gun was empty, he had to go reload -- he said that's when he got struck in the foot.

But Hampton said adrenaline allowed him to run while injured. He said their gunfight continued until Vance allegedly stole a police car and drove off.

Hampton, who was hospitalized and released for his injury, said he thought the gunfight would kill him.

"So much goes through your head at the time, family, friends," he said. "Luckily I got away with just a shot in the foot."

Despite his injury, the 26-year veteran, who wanted to be a cop since he was 3 years old, said he is definitely returning to work.

"I don't know what else I'd do," he said. "I love my job."

Police expanded their search in the manhunt for Vance and warned the public to stay away from the suspected killer, saying he has "absolutely nothing to lose."

Vance, who is considered armed and dangerous, is accused of shooting and injuring Hampton and another officer on Sunday, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Vance then allegedly fled in a police vehicle and posted a video on Facebook, saying he was about to steal another car, the affidavit says. Vance allegedly stole another car and shot a woman in the process.

Two bodies believed to be relatives of Vance were recovered by police Sunday night. Vance is suspected of killing them, possibly with an AK-47 and a large knife, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says early Monday someone matching Vance's description shot a store clerk at a gas station in Sayre, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel told ABC News Vance could face the death penalty if convicted of the crimes.

Whetsel called him someone with a "total propensity to kill people. ... He has no care for human life whatsoever."

Whetsel said Vance could be anywhere by now, "or he could just be very close, hiding out."

Since Vance was shot and injured, it is possible he is dead, Whetsel said.

A wanted poster warns that Vance has a medical condition, which was not specified, "and may try to spread [the] disease." Whetsel said there were no threats made by Vance and there's no indication that he wants to spread disease, but officials are still putting out the warning as a precaution.

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Student Injured in Shooting Outside Utah Middle School: Police

takenobu/iStock/Thinkstock(SANDY, Utah) -- A middle school student has been injured in a school shooting in Sandy, Utah, according to police.

Two students were leaving Union Middle School's grounds when an argument ensued, which led to the shooting, according to the Sandy Police Department. The victim, believed to be 16 years old, was transported to a local hospital after sustaining two gunshot wounds, police said.

The shooting occurred outside of school and involved students, although it's unclear if they were students at that school, according to the Canyons School District. The school was placed on lockdown, and one student was taken into custody, the school district said. The lockdown has since been lifted.

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Michigan Town Votes Against Resettling Syrian Refugees

ABC News(WATERFORD, Mich.) -- Officials in a Michigan town have voted to reject the resettlement of Syrian refugees within their community.

The Board of Trustees for Waterford Township voted unanimously on Monday night in favor of a resolution stating that their township "will not actively participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program until the Program has been significantly reformed, and until it has been demonstrated that the Townships of Oakland County have the capacity to absorb refugees without diverting funds from needy residents or exposing their residents to unwarranted security risks."

Anthony Bartolotta, one of the township's seven trustees, told ABC News that the general goal of passing the resolution was to send a message to elected officials.

"The resolution is sometimes only worth the paper it's written on, but what we are letting elected officials know in the county, and in the state, is that until you do the vetting process properly we don’t want to allow the refugees into Waterford Township, but when they do the vetting process the proper way, we would welcome them," Bartolotta said.

The resolution is largely symbolic since township officials have no way to prevent a Syrian refugee from moving into the township after the refugee is approved to resettle in the United States.

"It is not the refugees themselves. I know they're some very good people. It is a shame that you have to feel this way," Bartolotta said. "But I've got homeless vets out here, we've got senior citizens that have to balance between buying their medication and buying food. We have to take care of our own first."

"Some of these refugees, bless their heart, they just don’t have any documentation of where they come from," Bartolotta added, saying that security in the town was also a concern.

However, senior administration officials have noted that Syrian refugees are subjected to "the most rigorous screening and security vetting of any category of people entering the United States."

The process often takes one to three years to complete and includes biometric testing and intensive overseas interviews with Department of Homeland Security experts.

DHS officials told ABC News last year that refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States, "including the involvement of the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Department of Defense. All refugees, including Syrians, are admitted only after successful completion of this stringent security screening regime."

Bartolotta said he personally does not know of any Syrian refugees in his town, but at Monday's meeting, it was mentioned that there were three Syrian refugee families already resettled in Waterford.

Bartolotta said at the hearing that he estimates the public was about 70 percent for the resolution and about 30 percent against it.

The main concern about Syrian refugees is about safety, but there are also concerns about health, Bartolotta said, noting he has heard of several cases of refugees bringing in tuberculosis.

"Some of the people last night that were against us passing the resolution. They were yelling at us and saying we were wrong, but not one of them said they would sponsor a family and take them into their home. It just seemed hypocritical," Bartolotta added.

The Obama administration announced at the end of August that the U.S. has met a goal of welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the U.S. plans to take in 85,000 refugees from around the world in total this year.

Arjwan Khadoori, a refugee specialist who works with the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan in Troy, Michigan, to help resettle immigrants, told ABC News that he has already assisted in resettling Syrian refugees into towns in Michigan.

"I am not going to agree with anybody who is against the refugees because the refugees are human beings, and they have their rights. We have to serve the people from anywhere," Khadoori said in reaction to news of Waterford Township's resolution.

"Christian, Muslim, black, white -- no, they are all human," Khadoori added.

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Message in a Bottle Traveled Atlantic Seaboard, Returned to Family 50 Years Later

Denise Taylor/Getty Images(HAMPTON, N.H.) -- A message in a bottle sent nearly 50 years ago from New Hampshire has made its way back home, after it traveled more than 1,000 miles to a small island in the Caribbean.

The old glass Coke bottle with a folded message inside turned up in Turks and Caicos in 2011. Clint Buffington from Salt Lake City, Utah told ABC News he found it while vacationing there.

The cryptic message inside said, "Return to 419 Ocean Boulevard and receive a reward of $150 from Tina, the owner of Beachcomber."

Buffington has been hunting and collecting bottles with messages as a hobby since 2007. So far, he has collected more than 80. But this one led him on a special quest.

"I've never given one back to someone," he told ABC News. "But in this case I knew it was the right thing to do. Just imagine it was a letter from your parents."

Buffington said he made it his mission to try and find "Tina," or her family, to return the message and collect the reward.

"I didn’t know if Beachcomber was the name of a boat or a restaurant," Buffington said. "I went through Google Maps but I didn’t know what I was seeing."

Finding the family also proved difficult because "there is an Ocean Boulevard in every state on the coast," he said.

Buffington wrote about finding the bottle on his blog, which is about his adventures in message-in-a-bottle collecting, in 2011. He even created an online poll where people could guess what the "Beachcomber" was.

Eventually, after a lot of online research and speaking to the county clerk and the tax assessor, Buffington found the original deed of sale for the piece of land that became the Beachcomber Motel. The property was owned by Paul and Tina Tsiatsios of Hampton, New Hampshire.

Paul and Tina had since passed away, but he was able to track down their daughter, Paula Pierce, who was still in New Hampshire.

Although he made contact with Paula a few years ago, he said he wasn't able to travel to New Hampshire until this year. "I wasn't going to trust this with the mail," he added.

On Monday, Buffington finally arrived in New Hampshire and returned the message Pierce, an estimated fifty years after her father dropped it in the ocean.

Pierce couldn't believe it when she saw the 50-year-old letter that her father wrote, she told ABC News. She said her father passed away in December of 1990 and her mother passed away earlier, in November of 1980.

"My father wasn’t a good speller, so there were a few misspellings in it: He misspelled received, boulevard, and beachcomber," Pierce said. "We don’t know if it was on purpose so he could deny responsibility, or if it was a mistake."

Pierce said that she didn't know about the letter in a bottle, but that her husband knew about it this whole time.

"My father secretly told my husband, who I have known since 1969. He told my husband that he did this soon after he bought the motel, which they did in 1960," Pierce said. "My husband never told any of us."

Her father, Paul, did it as a way of showing affection to her mother, Tina, she thinks. "It was a very sweet gesture, he was trying to tease her," Pierce said.

Paul was very proud of Tina for running the Beachcomber Motel, she said, but he was also teasing her with the amount of the reward.

"The joke part of it was that rooms were going for 15 or 20 dollars a night back then, and that was a lot," Pierce said. "So 150 dollars was a lot of money back then."

Pierce said she gave Buffington the $150 reward in cash; she thought it was the right thing to do. "It is like completing the circle."

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At-Large Oklahoma Double-Murder Suspect Has 'Nothing to Lose,' Sheriff Says

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Police have expanded their search in the manhunt for a double-murder suspect and are warning the public to stay away from the suspected killer, saying he has "absolutely nothing to lose."

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel told ABC News that the suspect, Michael Vance, could face the death penalty if convicted of the crimes.

Vance, who is considered armed and dangerous, is accused of shooting and injuring two police officers on Sunday, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Vance then fled in a police vehicle and posted a video on Facebook, saying he was about to steal another car, the affidavit says. Vance allegedly stole another car and shot a woman in the process.

Two bodies believed to be relatives of Vance were recovered by police Sunday night. Vance is suspected of killing them, possibly with an AK-47 and a large knife, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says someone matching Vance's description shot a store clerk at a gas station in Sayre, Oklahoma, early Monday.

Whetsel said the search for Vance has been expanded but he could be anywhere by now, "or he could just be very close, hiding out."

Oklahoma is a very rural state, Whetsel said, and there are "many places that [Vance] could hide out." Alerts are all over the state.

Since Vance was shot and injured by a police officer, it is possible he is dead, Whetsel said.

The wanted poster also warns that Vance has a medical condition, which was not specified, "and may try to spread [the] disease." Whetsel said there were no threats made by Vance and there's no indication that he wants to spread disease, but officials are still putting out the warning as a precaution.

Vance is believed to have one of the murder victim's cars: a Mitsubishi eclipse with the Oklahoma license plate 943LQQ.

Whetsel is urging people not to approach Vance, calling him someone with a "total propensity to kill people, to injure people."

"He has no care for human life whatsoever," Whetsel said.

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Four Teens in Custody After Temple University Attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Four teenagers are being held by police following a series of brutal mob attacks near Temple University on Friday night. In addition to the pedestrian victims, two police officers and a police horse were assaulted, according to officials.

Black-and-white surveillance video, captured by a nearby pizza shop, showed the violence as it took place in North Philadelphia. A large group of youths appears to target the victims indiscriminately, crowding and punching them. The number of victims is unclear from the video.

An onlooker, seen in the video, snapped cellphone pictures of the chaotic scene as a tide of bodies surround one particular victim, beating him or her in turns.

The Philadelphia Police Department said in a report that on Oct. 21, 2016, at 8:30 p.m., the victims of the crime were walking on the 1400 block of Oxford Street near Broad Street when they were assaulted by a group of "20 black juvenile males and females."

Police said that during the assault, a cellphone was taken from one of the victims.

A Temple University statement said the groups appear to have organized online.

"The source of this gathering appears to be posts on social media that have been identified by police," the Temple University statement read. "For the next few hours, the juveniles split into several smaller groups, some of which committed assaults, and ran from police in various directions between Jefferson and Norris streets and between Broad and 17th streets. Four juveniles were arrested in connection with three assaults."

The university is increasing its security, the statement said, after "a similar group of juveniles was reported two weekends ago near Main Campus on Saturday, Oct. 15."

Joe Lauletta told ABC affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that his daughter was one of the pedestrian victims.

"Her head was stomped on. The whole side of her face, the back of her head was black and blue. Her arms, her legs, her back, her ribs. She was on the ground. They were kicking her," he said.

An anonymous Temple University student who was targeted in the attack spoke to The Tab, a youth newspaper, and described the violence that consumed the street that night.

"We turned onto 16th from Cecil towards Oxford and halfway down the block, we see 10 then 20 then up to like 40 kids pour out from around the corner of Oxford and 16th and we then crossed the street but two kids followed us and hit my boyfriend. My boyfriend ran and got away but the second I tried to run, they grabbed me by my hair and started beating my head and back," she told the paper.

"I somehow got to the other side of Oxford Street by the time they got me to the ground. I remember shoes coming for my face and after that I heard other kids from the group saying 'Yo chill, yo chill it’s just a gir'’ and they pulled my attackers off me," she said.

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Suspect At-Large After Home Invasion Caught on Surveillance Video

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- After a young woman in Fort Worth, Texas, fell asleep alone in her home, she was allegedly attacked by a man in a brazen home invasion caught on surveillance camera.

The woman, who was not identified by ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, told WFAA that she happened to fall asleep while watching the show A Stranger in My Home on the Investigation Discovery channel.

Surveillance video shows a man lurking outside the woman's home early Saturday as he searches for a way to get in. He then broke in through a window, according to WFAA.

The terrifying video shows him walking through her home and in front of her TV.

"I woke up to him putting his hand over my mouth and nose and strangling me with the other hand," she told WFAA. "At first I was immobile because I thought I was in a dream."

The woman told WFAA that the man told her to take her pants off, and that's when she saw an open window and thought that was her only opportunity to get out alive -- but she said the man dragged her back in. She said she screamed for help and he fled, according to WFAA.

The woman was not injured, WFAA said.

Sgt. Marc Povero of the Fort Worth Police Department told ABC News that police are investigating leads but have made no arrests. Povero could not immediately confirm the woman's account as police have not yet released details from the case to the media.

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Former Rep. Gary Condit Breaks Silence 15 Years After Chandra Levy Murder Scandal

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former California congressman Gary Condit has spoken publicly for the first time in 15 years about the disappearance and death of Washington intern Chandra Levy, denying any involvement and insisting he never had an affair with the 24-year-old.

Levy was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2001 when she disappeared while jogging. Her remains were found a year later in a remote area of the Washington, D.C., Rock Creek Park.

Condit, a Democrat, told Phil McGraw in a new interview for the Dr. Phil talk show that he did not have an affair with Levy and was not involved in her death.

"I saw her one time outside the office, at a restaurant, and she came by my condo once," Condit said of Levy, who was from his congressional district. "Maybe twice. Yeah, I think it was twice she came by."

A married man, Condit, according to investigators at the time, admitted to police he had had an affair with Levy, but denied any connection to her disappearance. Condit was investigated but never charged in connection with the case. He has never publicly admitted to an affair with Levy.

The McGraw interview marks the first time Condit, 68, has spoken about the case since an August 2001 interview with Connie Chung on ABC.

When Chung asked him then whether he had anything do to with Levy's disappearance, Condit replied, "No, I didn't."

Condit also answered, "No, I did not," when asked by Chung whether he had killed Levy.

Ingmar Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted of Levy’s murder in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison, but his conviction was later overturned and a retrial ordered earlier this year. The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia dismissed all charges against Guandique in July after the office concluded that "it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt."

Authorities say the jailhouse confession on which the original conviction was based came from an unreliable witness.

Susan Levy, Chandra's mother, told ABC News in response to Condit's Dr. Phil interview that she believes there is much more to the story than what Condit is saying.

"Chandra was secretive about her relationship with Condit," Susan Levy said in a statement to ABC News. "Chandra shared that her 'Man', as she called him, was high profile and it was best to not be seen together. This man told her to not carry her identification when they went out. For me, that was a red flag."

Susan Levy also said phone records from an account she and her husband paid on Levy's behalf suggest Levy and Condit had a close relationship.

"We had evidence of MANY calls [Chandra] made to Condit’s private office line at all hours," Susan Levy’s statement read.

Condit, who has written a book on his experience, is now living in Arizona and working various odd jobs, including at one point owning Baskin-Robbins franchises.

Condit suggested to McGraw that police tried to frame him for the murder.

"There's nothing unusual about someone coming by my condo; a lot of people did," Condit said. "So people have made some speculation about that being something special."

When asked by McGraw whether police were trying to make something out of Levy's visit to his condo, Condit replied, "Trying to, absolutely, yeah."

"They were trying to make something out of everything they could," he added.

The full interview with Condit will air on Dr. Phil Thursday.

Tune in to ABC News 20/20 Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. ET for a special hour on the Chandra Levy murder case.

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British Airways Flight from San Francisco Diverted to Vancouver After Crew Members Feel Sick

Stuart Bailey / British Airways(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — At least 22 British Airways crew members on board a flight from San Francisco to London were taken to hospitals in Vancouver, Canada, for possible smoke inhalation, a hospital spokesperson said.

The British Airways flight, which had departed San Francisco International Airport Monday evening en route to London’s Heathrow Airport, was diverted after 22 cabin crew members “became unwell,” British Airways said in a statement. The airline said the entire crew was taken to local hospitals "out of an abundance of caution." All have been released.

The crew members were brought to three hospitals in the Vancouver area to be checked for smoke inhalation, according to Laura Kohli, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health, which oversees two of the hospitals. All crew members had been discharged as of this morning, according to Kohli and Larisa Saunders, a spokeswoman for the health system that runs the third hospital, though Kohli said 25 crew members were brought in for assessment.

The diverted flight was British Airways 286, according to Transport Canada, the Canadian government agency that is in charge of transportation policies and programs. The type of aircraft that typically makes that flight, an Airbus A380-800, can hold up to 469 passengers.

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Police Still Searching for Double Murder Suspect Who Shot Six People, Live Streamed Escape on Facebook

Oklahoma Highway Patrol(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Police and federal marshals in Oklahoma continued their search on Tuesday for a suspect in a double homicide who has shot six people, including two police officers, and is thought to be wielding an AK-47.

The man live streamed his escape on Facebook after wounding two officers and fleeing in their patrol car, saying that things were "going to be intense," according to an affidavit released on Monday night.

Police also said the suspect, 38-year-old Michael Vance, has a communicable disease that he "may attempt to spread."

Vance has thus far been charged with two counts of murder, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony, according to the court documents. He was recently released from the Lincoln County Jail in Oklahoma on accusations of child sexual assault.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office did not release his medical condition but officials told ABC News, "We would urge caution to anyone who comes in contact with this individual."

Police said Vance came out firing with an assault weapon after officers responded to reports of shots in the area. The two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, officials say, and were temporarily disabled as Vance fled the scene in their patrol car. One officer was shot in the foot and another was hit by gunfire in both legs.

Investigators believe Vance live streamed two videos while fleeing, one from inside the police cruiser and another while inside another vehicle. In one of the videos, Vance appears in a blood-covered shirt and says he's been shot before showing a rifle on the seat next to him.

Vance proceeded to a mobile home park, where police discovered the bodies of two of his relatives, officials said. Sheriff John Whetsel of the Oklahoma City Sheriff's Department identified those victims as 55-year-old Ronald Everett Wilkson and 54-year-old Valerie Kay Wilkson, his wife.

The affidavit describes wounds consistent with attempts to sever one victim's head and the other's arm.

Vance then allegedly "shot at and injured" a woman as he was in the process of stealing her silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The wanted poster says Vance is driving a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse and that he is considered armed and dangerous.

Vance is also suspected of shooting a man during an attempted carjacking early Monday.

Sheriff Whetsel issued a notice to alert residents of the likelihood that Vance would return to the Oklahoma City or Lincoln County areas, and that other people may be in danger as a result of his presence.

Local residents have been told by Whetsel not to approach Vance, but to call 911 and let the police handle the situation.

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