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Suspect in El Dorado shooting captured near Winfield

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 4:24 p.m.

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A Wichita man was apprehended west of Winfield in Cowley County on Monday afternoon, ending a manhunt that began following a shooting in El Dorado early Monday morning.

The man was arrested at about 3 p.m. Monday after he abandoned a stolen car during a pursuit by law enforcement officials, El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said. Two other people who left the house where the shooting occurred with the suspect were taken into custody for questioning late Monday morning – one near Winfield Lake and the other near Atlanta.

The shooting victim was discovered at about 3 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of North Allegheny, according to a statement released by the El Dorado Police Department. Officers found a 19-year-old El Dorado man who had been shot.

He was taken to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Wesley Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, according to the statement.

The shooting suspect and a man and woman known to the victim’s family had fled the house in El Dorado in a Lexus. Augusta police officers spotted the Lexus and tried to pull it over, but the Lexus sped away and the officers lost it near Douglass, the statement said.

A woman called for service later Monday morning following an accident near Winfield Lake in Cowley County, Boren said in a statement. Upon talking to the woman, a deputy recognized that she was being sought for questioning in the El Dorado shooting incident.

Still later in the morning, Boren said, the man identified as being present at the shooting reported an automobile accident near Atlanta in Butler County.

The vehicle description matched that of the one being sought. The man was taken into custody for questioning, and an aerial search of the region with an airplane discovered the Lexus in a ravine near Atlanta, Boren said.

Investigators from the El Dorado Police Department, Cowley County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a car theft near the vicinity where officers had focused their manhunt for the shooting suspect, Boren said.

The stolen car was spotted and deputies pursued the vehicle until the driver abandoned the vehicle west of Winfield and fled on foot. But he was caught a short time later and taken to the Butler County Jail in El Dorado.

As part of the investigation into the shooting, officers are interviewing about a half-dozen witnesses at the home, Boren said in the statement. The incident appears to have been unprovoked, and no motive has been established for the shooting.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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