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Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy, suspect wounded after shooting in Butler County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 11, 2013, at 7:05 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.

A Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy and a male suspect were in serious condition Monday night after both were shot following a traffic pursuit that ended in Butler County, officials said.

A female suspect was in custody, and authorities think they had no suspects still at-large, sheriffs for both counties said.

The deputy was taken to Wesley Medical Center in “code yellow” condition — meaning potentially serious injuries — and the male suspect was taken to the hospital with “code red,” or critical, injuries, a Sedgwick County emergency dispatch supervisor said late Monday night. The deputy reportedly suffered a shotgun blast and the male suspect a gunshot wound, the supervisor said.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter and Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet offered few details of the incident during a briefing near the scene. Herzet said it began at about 5:30 p.m. in Sedgwick County. The sheriffs said they would hold a briefing about the incident for media Tuesday morning in El Dorado.

The two suspects were arrested near Diamond Road and Northwest 70th Street, in Butler County just southeast of Potwin.

“We have quite a few scenes to work,” Herzet said. “Sedgwick County, Butler County, the KBI is going to be working this together.”

Easter said the deputy who was shot is a veteran officer.

On Monday night, investigators were working four separate scenes connected to the incident, the sheriffs said.

“There were some traffic violations,” Herzet said. “The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, and it started driving at a very high rate of speed. The chase terminated … The deputy was shot.”

The suspect was driving a white Cadillac traveling north on I-135 near 125th Street North. Easter and Herzet would not say why the officer tried to stop the vehicle.

The Cadillac turned onto K-196 into Butler County. The deputy pursued the Cadillac to Northwest 70th near River Valley Road, where the chase ended.

At that point, a dispatch supervisor said the deputy was shot. A man and a woman fled on foot into a nearby field, and a SWAT team was called.

The man was shot in the chest; it was unclear who shot him. The whole incident lasted about 30 minutes, Herzet said.

Dozens of law enforcement vehicles flooded the area Monday night after the incident and parked along a tree- and brush-lined dirt road leading up to the crime scenes. An ambulance, accompanied by two law enforcement vehicles, was seen speeding north on Butler Road toward the scene at one point.

A helicopter made wide arcs over the area while authorities searched for evidence.

“Right now, we are still gathering information,” Herzet said. “This is a multi-agency deal. We have had multi-officers involved. We’ve had a deputy shot. We have a suspect shot, and we are still gathering all the facts as we know them.”

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