15-year-old suspect flown to hospital after officer-involved shooting in Smith County

Suspect accused of attempted murder, shooting at officers from horseback

SMITH COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) - A teenager is in unknown condition after a trooper-involved shooting in Smith County. 

Per a press release from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, a 15-year-old boy is accused of attempted murder of a 66-year-old woman.

According to the statement, at around 10:20 Saturday morning, Smith County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the 10000 block of O Road in Smith Center. They found a 66-year-old woman who reported being restrained, beaten and strangled. She was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

Authorities say the suspected teen fled on horseback and armed with a gun. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Smith County Sheriff's deputies spent "a few hours" trying to take him into custody. At 2:20 p.m., the teen began shooting at troopers. In response, troopers shot the boy.

Officials say they provided medical assistance to the boy until he was taken to a local hospital by EMS. He was then taken to a hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, by helicopter, where he had surgery for his wounds. His condition is not known at this time.

Investigators say they will not release the name of the suspect because he is a minor.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is the leading investigating party, looking into the case of attempted murder of the 66-year-old woman, as well as the officer involved shooting.



Trooper Tod Hileman with the Kansas Highway Patrol said authorities were called to assist the Smith County Sheriff's Office with an attempted homicide Saturday morning. 

The report of the attempted homicide came out around 10:40 a.m., according to Trooper Tod. 

The juvenile suspect fled the scene on horseback and authorities and KHP Aircraft began searching for the suspect, according to Hileman. The suspect was then found in a wooded area in rural Smith County. 

Authorities say the suspect fired shots at the responding officers. Shots were fired back at the suspect and the suspect was struck. The suspect was then airlifted to a hospital, Hileman said. 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigations is investigating the shooting. No other details have been released at this time. 

The troopers involved will be placed on administrative leave as the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 




Authorities in Smith County are working to detain a minor who was shooting a gun in rural Smith County Saturday. 

Smith County Public Information Officer Sharon Wolters confirmed with KSN the minor was also riding a horse through rural parts of Smith County during the incident. 

One person was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. According to authorities, the injured victim did not suffer any gun shot wounds. The condition of that victim is not known at this time.  

Authorities say the juvenile has been located, however authorities have set up a perimeter in order to get the minor into custody. 

The shooting happened around 10:30 Saturday morning in a north central rural area of Smith County. 

No other details have been released at this time. 

This story has been corrected to show the victim who was taken to the hospital was not shot as originally reported by authorities. 

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