Escaped inmate captured in Oklahoma

Escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau has been captured Wednesday following a pursuit and a shoot out with Oklahoma State Troopers and U.S. Marshals.  KWTV in Oklahoma City reported Wednesday morning an escaped inmate from Louisiana was captured after a pursuit on I-35 south of Oklahoma City.

Troopers said Soileau was originally spotted at a Norman, Oklahoma Wal-Mart and sped away when officers tried to stop him.  The chase continued for around 50 miles and ended with an exchange of gunfire.  Soileau was injured in the incident.

Soileau is accused of robbing a bank in Vidrine, Louisiana in Evangeline Parish on Tuesday after escaping from  the Pine Prairie Correctional Facility October 13th.

The following is a news release from the Louisiana State Police

Soileau Captured in Oklahoma

Today, authorities in Oklahoma apprehended escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau in Murray County Oklahoma.

The United States Marshal Service Metro Fugitive Task Force received information that Soileau was at a Wal-Mart in Norman, Oklahoma.  As they were arriving, they spotted Soileau leaving the parking lot and attempted to pull him over.  Soileau fled from authorities and was eventually taken into custody, by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Metro Fugitive Task Force, after a vehicle pursuit and foot chase.  Soileau was taken to a hospital after receiving injuries during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement.

"The apprehension of Brian Keith Soileau is credited to all of the involved law enforcement agencies working together and sharing information to locate Soileau," said Captain Becket Breaux, Troop I Commander.  "We understand that agency partnerships are a must in order to keep our communities safe, and we will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can."

Over 15 different law enforcement agencies and over 100 law enforcement officers assisted the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office with the search for Soileau in Evangeline Parish.

The agencies that assisted the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office were the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Posse, Angola Chase Team, Louisiana State Police Troops I, D, and E, as well as Louisiana State Police Region 2 detectives, Louisiana State Police Air Support, United States Marshal Service Violent Offender Task Force for the Western District of Louisiana, Port Barre Police Department, St. Landry Sheriff's Office, Eunice Police Department, Allan Correctional Center, Pine Prairie Police Department, and the Opelousas Police Department.

Soileau remains in the hospital in serious condition.