Manhunt continues in Dos Palos area

mnorth@mercedsunstar.comApril 5, 2013 

A manhunt continues in the Dos Palos area for an Oregon man suspected of killing one person and wounding another during a shooting this week.

Leland Thomas Nicholson Jr., who goes by the nickname Tom, is wanted by law enforcement in Klamath County, Ore. He is wanted in connection with the killing of Terry Entriken, 28, and police say he tried to kill Vanessa Alexander, 36. Entriken was shot in the back of the head, according to the Herald and News newspaper in Klamath Falls, Ore. Police are trying to determine a motive.

Nicholson was tracked to Dos Palos, and local police think he's still in the area.

Chief Barry Mann of the Dos Palos Police Department said his agency has gotten some help from the public, and is investigating leads that have been developing.

"At this time, we've had several tips come in, and we are just looking into those and trying to see what new information can be gained," he said.

Although Nicholson's location is unknown, authorities think he has remained in the Dos Palos area since being tracked there after Sunday's incident.

Having a suspected killer on the loose has caused anxiety for some locals.

"We have reassured several citizens that we believe that his targets in the Oregon area were specific and there shouldn't be any risks or random targets in Dos Palos," Mann said. "But people are concerned."

The Dos Palos Police Department is coordinating with police agencies from Oregon as well as federal agencies, including the FBI, to catch Nicholson, Mann said, adding that his department has been in hourly contact with Oregon authorities.

Nicholson, 27, has family in Merced, Fresno and Dos Palos, Mann said.

Nicholson is described as a white man who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 240 pounds with short, reddish-brown hair and green eyes. He has a tattoo reading "Nikki" on the right side of his neck and may have other tattoos, police said. His last known address was 4605 Denver Ave., Klamath Falls.

Anyone who sees Nicholson should call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous, Mann said.

Anyone with information on Nicholson's whereabouts is asked to call the Dos Palos Police Department at (209) 392-2176. Tips can be sent via email to police@dospalospd.org.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or mnorth@mercedsunstar.com.

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