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Apr 2, 2014 1:49 PM

2 Colorado Springs fugitives dead in murder-suicide after police chase in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. - A man and woman from Colorado Springs are dead after a murder-suicide in midtown Tulsa Tuesday afternoon.

Thirty-two-year-old Rhiannon Vantassel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thirty-six-year-old Roy Hanthorn was transported to St. John's Hospital in "grave condition," according to TPD officials. He died just after 8 p.m.

Both were wanted out of Colorado by the Department of Corrections for a parole violations. Vantassell went to prison for second-degree burglary. Hanthorn went to prison for stealing a car twice and drugs charges.

The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force received an anonymous tip that the fugitives were in the Tulsa area.

A pursuit began around 3:45 p.m. when task force members spotted Hanthorn in a black sedan.

Vantassel, Hanthorn's girlfriend, was a passenger in the car and is said to have been with there willingly.

The two were able to lose police for a short period of time, dumped the car and carjacked a Tulsa man of a white Honda near 1st and Elgin, police told the NBC affiliate in Tulsa. Police spotted a vehicle driving erratically and the chase resumed.

The chase ended near 31st and Utica, when Hanthorn crashed the stolen vehicle into another car.

Police believe the man shot the woman in the head, then about three to four blocks later, turned the gun on himself.

The original vehicle Hanthorn was driving was reported stolen out of Colorado Springs.

 

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