Deputy shoots, wounds suspect in central Kansas

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RUSH CENTER, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man following a chase in Rush County. It happened on Kansas 96 east of Rush Center Tuesday.

The KBI said the shooting happened around 10:50 a.m. and occurred following a pursuit by the Ness County Sheriff’s Office. No sheriff’s deputies were hurt. The man who was injured was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive. The man’s identity wasn’t released. A woman inside was detained and questioned.

According to the KBI, the shooting stemmed from an incident at 9:30 a.m. when the Dollar General store in Dighton was robbed. A Ness County Sheriff’s deputy observed a blue Dodge Ram pickup matching the description of the vehicle used in the robbery and attempted to stop it east of Ness City. The driver refused and a pursuit began. The pursuit headed east along Kansas 96 into Rush County.

Rush County Sheriff’s deputies then deployed stop sticks, which flattened two tires on the Dodge Ram. The driver continued traveling for several additional miles, but before his vehicle came to a complete stop, he forced a nearby pickup truck with a cattle trailer off the road. The man then exited with a handgun and attempted to carjack the bystander’s pickup truck. As this was occurring, the Ness County Sheriff’s deputy fired multiple shots, and the subject was struck.

The KBI will conduct the investigation. Once completed, the findings will be turned over to the Rush County Attorney for review.

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