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Authorities searching for suspect in Kansas after Oklahoma officer shot in head during pursuit

Authorities say two people are in custody and a manhunt is underway in southeastern Kansas after an Oklahoma police officer was shot in the head during a pursuit.

South Coffeyville Police Chief Wade Lamb tells the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1KBPuaZ ) that when an officer tried to pull over an SUV Thursday, the vehicle took off.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says shots were fired from the SUV at an Oologah police cruiser that was assisting in the chase, striking the officer, who was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital. His condition wasn't released.

Authorities say two of the vehicle's occupants were taken into custody after police used stop sticks.

Lamb says a third escaped, carjacked another car and shot the driver. Lamb says the suspect made it to Liberty, Kansas, before crashing and fleeing on foot.

A search was underway late Thursday.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com