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Female suspect in shooting of deputy sheriff moved to Sedgwick County Jail

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 7:09 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.

A 26-year-old woman arrested in connection with the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy near Potwin will be charged in Sedgwick County District Court, officials said Thursday.

Authorities moved Clara C. Crosser to the Sedgwick County Jail on Wednesday evening after law enforcement officials and attorneys, including Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, met and decided Sedgwick County “had more of a vested interest” in her prosecution, Butler County Attorney Darrin Devinney said.

The decision came just before Crosser’s first scheduled appearance in Butler County District Court, which was set for late Wednesday afternoon but didn’t happen, Devinney said.

Crosser, who was detained in the Butler County jail before her transfer, is being held on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a 33-year-old Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy, who was shot Monday after chasing two suspects in a car across county lines. She was booked at 8:24 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sedgwick County jail records.

The male suspect in the shooting, Jason C. Perez, was booked on the same charges at 8:27 p.m. Thursday, jail show records. The 35-year-old was hospitalized with critical gunshot wounds sustained in Monday’s shooting but had been upgraded to serious condition by Thursday afternoon, a Wesley Medical Center operator said.

Each is being held in lieu of a $1million bond, jail records show.

Dan Dillon, spokesman for Bennett’s office, said because the case is a “multijurisdictional event,” Kansas law says “prosecution could proceed in either jurisdiction.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Crosser’s first court appearance in Sedgwick County had not been set, Dillon said.

Both Crosser and Perez are from Gardner.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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