Kansas man arrested on suspicion of a double murder in Fort Scott


Dawson J. Mitchell (Courtesy: KBI)

BOURBON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Fort Scott Police Department have arrested a person of interest connected to a double homicide on Tuesday night.

Two people were found dead following a shooting in their Fort Scott home, which prompted an investigation from the KBI and the Fort Scott Police Department.

Twenty-three-year-old Dawson Mitchell was arrested around 1 p.m. on Wednesday as a person of interest in connection to the murders. He is arrested on suspicion of theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful possession of controlled substances.

Around 7:40 p.m., a family member made a 911 call after arriving home to find the body of 48-year-old Melissa L. Mitchell. Police went to the home in the 400 block of Main Street. They found the woman had died from a gunshot wound. They also found 53-year-old Leonard D. Zimmerman dead inside the home.

Currently, Mitchell has not been charged in relation to the murders.

The investigation is ongoing, and this story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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