Crime & Courts

These Kansas sheriff's deputies have arrested two police chiefs this year

Brian Dillow
Brian Dillow Allen County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's deputies in Allen County have arrested two police chiefs this year.

Deputies in the southeast Kansas county arrested the Humboldt police chief last week after a domestic dispute. The LaHarpe police police chief was arrested three months earlier after she allegedly refused to allow deputies to arrest her husband, who had been a police chief in Texas before he was fired.

The Allen County Sheriff's Office included Brian C. Dillow's mug shot in a Sunday Facebook post of last week's arrests. It states that Dillow, 42, of Humboldt, was booked into the Allen County Jail on June 26 on suspicion of domestic battery and criminal damage to property. Dillow is listed as the chief of police on Humboldt's website.

Dillow has been released on his own recognizance and did not have to post bond, KOAM reported.

In March, deputies arrested LaHarpe police Chief Ashley D. Wright, 33, on suspicion of interference with a law enforcement officer, a sheriff Facebook post states. Her husband, David O. Wright, 36, had a theft warrant for his arrest and was also booked on suspicion of interference with a law enforcement officer and trespassing.

He was later charged with impersonating an officer, the Chanute Tribune reported.

David was fired as the police chief in Rule, Texas, in October 2015 for his behavior during an investigation into an alleged assault at a school, KTXS reported. The school district's superintendent said David violated policy by not notifying him before going to the school to investigate an alleged assault that involved his daughter.

A GoFundMe for the family raised over $1,000 after David's suspension and firing.

"This fine Christian family has been unjustly judged and convicted without due process and we as the citizens of Rule need to step up and support them as they struggle to stand up for the rights of all citizens united," the GoFundMe said.

David told KTXS that he would run for Haskell County Sheriff if he was fired.

He allegedly did not turn in his badge and identification after he was fired, so a warrant was issued for his arrest, the Tribune reported. He told KTAB that he would not turn himself in.

Ashley, David and their three daughters lived "off the grid" in rural Montana for two years before moving to Kansas late last year, according to an Iola Register story that was posted to LaHarpe's website. The family purchased the Laharpe Methodist Episcopal Church, renamed it The Revival Church and lived there. David, who had no formal theological training, was the pastor.

When sheriff's deputies on March 20 went to arrest David on the Texas warrant, Ashley Wright refused to let them enter the church, the Register reported. David ran and was found hiding in a shed. His impersonating an officer charge was added because he had allegedly patrolled the town's streets on his wife's behalf.

Body camera footage of the arrests released to KOAM shows Ashley standing in the doorway of the church.

"For the safety of everyone involved, I was just trying to figure out what was going on," Ashley told KOAM.

"It's 'base cop 101.' If you think it's a bad warrant, you don't argue with it," Sheriff Bryan Murphy told the TV station. "You go and let the judge figure it out."

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