Update: 1 Jewell Co. deputy released from hospital, other in stable condition


UPDATE: One of the Jewell County Sheriff’s deputies who was injured in Tuesday’s shooting has been released from the hospital, according to the KBI.

Melissa Underwood with the KBI, said the deputy is now recovering at home. 

The other deputy who is being treated at a Salina hospital continues to recover and is in stable condition. 

The names of the injured deputies have not yet been released. 

Original Story

The KBI is investigating after two Jewell County Sheriff’s deputies were injured after a shooting Tuesday at sheriff’s office in the Jewell County Courthouse. It happened around 8 a.m. The suspect in the shooting died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Both deputies are expected to recover from their injuries. One deputy has been released from a local hospital. The second deputy remains at a Salina hospital, but is out of surgery and now in stable condition. 

KSN News has confirmed the suspect, Jason Lee Whitson, walked into the sheriff’s department. Preliminary information from the KBI said at approximately at 7:52 a.m. the suspect walked up to the dispatch desk and requested to talk to a deputy. As a sheriff’s deputy approached to speak with him, Whitson fired multiple times through a door that led into the dispatch room. Two deputies were injured during the shooting. No law enforcement officers discharged their firearms.

At 8:46 a.m. a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper encountered the suspect’s vehicle on U.S. 24 near Glasco. The suspect continued east at approximately 70 mph. At 9:09 a.m., just south of Minneapolis, the suspect stopped his vehicle in the roadway and let out a woman and five children. He then continued onto U.S. 81 southbound.

At 9:11 a.m., on U.S. 81, a trooper performed a tactical vehicle intervention on the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect lost control of his vehicle and stopped on the roadway. Troopers located the suspect in the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The KBI said the suspect, Whitson, died. The KBI said the suspect was not an inmate as previously reported. 

Area schools were placed on lockdown during the incident.

The Jewell County Courthouse will be closed the remainder of the day and is expected to be open Wednesday.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, as well Osborne, Smith, Republic and Mitchell County officials are in Mankato assisting the Jewell County Sheriff’s Office.

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer tweeted that he is, “praying for a full recovery for the two Jewell County deputies shot in the line of duty earlier this morning. We appreciate the service rendered by all law enforcement officers, and thank them for their bravery.”


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