Norman double homicide suspect found dead in Pottawatomie County
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
FULL: Norman police discuss double-homicide, Michael Deffner's death. (KOKH)
The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office believes double-shooting suspect Michael Timothy Deffner is dead after a morning manhunt.
The body of a man with Deffner's ID cards was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a field while surrounded by authorities.
Norman police started the search for Deffner, 55, early Wednesday morning, who was wanted for killings of two people late Tuesday night.
Norman officers responded to reports of a shooting at a home in the 700 block of Trisha Ln. around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. Arriving officers found an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.
A short time after, the Norman Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1000 block of W. Lindsey. Firefighters located an adult female inside the home who had been shot multiple times. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Norman Police have identified the victims as 47-year-old Bryan Young and 49-year-old Cayann Patterson. Court records show Patterson was Deffner's ex-wife and Young was her attorney during their divorce.
Police say both incidents are connected and Deffner was believed to be involved.
Deffner's Ford F-250 was found abandoned in Pottawatomie County, about 4 miles west of Tecumseh, around 7 a.m. The sheriff's office set up a perimeter on Highway 9 and Bethel Rd.
Just before 9 a.m., FOX 25's Julie Calhoun reported shots fired in the area of the manhunt and a circling helicopter calling out to Deffner.
It was announced a short time later a body was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office says while they believe the body is that of Deffner, facial recognition cannot be done due to the gunshot wound. Norman police say the gun found at the scene is consistent with the gun used in the two shootings.
Young was a former principal at Norman North High School. Norman Public Schools released the following statement on his death:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bryan Young, a former principal at Norman North High School, who was a tremendous asset during his time in our district. Bryan was a respected colleague and friend and he will be remembered as a ferocious advocate for students. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the many people in our community who knew him.”
- Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent, Norman Public Schools