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Archive for Sunday, October 28, 2001

Trooper shoots suspect fleeing from Colorado

Driver killed took patrol officials through unusual chase maneuvers

October 28, 2001

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— A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man who led authorities on a car chase that started in Colorado and ended in northwest Kansas, the patrol said.

The patrol said the man shot in Friday's chase was from Indiana but it had not released his name Saturday afternoon.

A Sherman County sheriff's deputy who was struck by a car during the chase was in stable condition Saturday at Goodland Medical Center.

Colorado authorities began searching for the man Friday afternoon after witnesses in Kit Carson County said a man got out of a rolled-over vehicle on Interstate 70 and ran away.

Kit Carson County Sheriff Steve Goering and a Burlington, Colo., police officer eventually found the man running on a county road, a patrol report said. However, the suspect fled that scene, too, in a pickup truck, striking the sheriff's vehicle as he drove away.

The suspect fled eastbound on I-70 and entered Kansas, where he rolled the vehicle, the patrol said. A motorist stopped to assist the suspect, and the suspect stole his pickup, and continued eastbound on I-70, the patrol said.

Just west of Goodland, Sherman County authorities resumed the pursuit until the pickup crashed into the interstate's south ditch in Goodland, the patrol said.

At that point, a Kansas trooper and two Sherman County deputies attempted to arrest the man. But he managed to get into the trooper's vehicle and drive off, striking one deputy and dragging the trooper and the other deputy who held on. Shots were fired, injuring the suspect, the patrol said.

Another trooper used his cruiser to block the suspect's escape, and the man got out of the first patrol car and tried to commandeer the second, authorities said. Two troopers began to scuffle with the suspect and fatally shot him when he tried to take a trooper's gun, the patrol said.

The trooper who was dragged was taken to a Goodland Medical Center, where he was treated and released for minor injuries, the patrol said. The other deputy dragged by the vehicle also was treated and released.

Troopers involved at the shooting scene have been placed on administrative leave pending investigation, the patrol said.

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