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Police: Deputy shoots, kills man after he tried to grab gun

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a man in Newton after a deputy shot and killed him Monday night, according to the Newton Police Department.

At about 10:37 p.m., Newton police officers tried to stop a vehicle that was reported to have been involved in a car burglary. The driver led officers on a high-speed chase north on Interstate 135, police said in a Facebook post.

The driver stopped in the median near mile marker 51 after he ran over spike sticks. The people inside refused to leave the vehicle for several minutes, and then when the driver got out, he started fighting with the officer, police said.

Officers tried shooting bean bag rounds at the man and tried to deploy a Taser. They released a police dog, but say the driver tried to hurt the dog. That’s when an officer tried to physically subdue him, police said.

During the struggle, the driver tried to get the officer’s gun. A McPherson County Deputy saw the driver try to take the gun and shot him, police said.

The driver, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital where he died.

Both the officers were treated for injuries.

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna

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