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Game warden shoots suspect in police hunt

November 11, 2004

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— Two men are hospitalized in Denver after one of them was shot by a game warden this week, Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials said.

The KBI is releasing few details about the shooting.

KBI agent Bruce Mellor said the incident began late Monday when officers with the Goodland Police Department and the Sherman County Sheriff's Office tried to apprehend the two men. Officers called the Kansas Wildlife and Parks officer for help during the altercation.

One of the men was shot by game warden Mike Hopper after he reportedly approached Hopper with a knife, said LeeAnn Schmitt, a spokeswoman with the Wildlife and Parks Department in Topeka. The other man was injured in the fight. Names, residences and their conditions were not released Wednesday.

Hopper was not injured and was placed on paid administrative leave. Schmitt said it was common for law enforcement to call Wildlife and Parks officers for help in such cases.

"Right now it appears (Mike) did nothing out of the line of duty," she said.

Authorities have not reported any charges against either of the men.

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