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Man who walked into Kansas sheriff’s office and shot two deputies has died, officials say

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The man who shot two deputies after he walked into a Kansas sheriff’s office has died at a hospital, officials said.

Jason Lee Whitson, 40, of Mankato, was pronounced dead at a hospital after he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Melissa Underwood said in a release.

Whitson entered the Jewell County Sheriff’s Office in Mankato just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, walked up to a dispatch desk and asked to talk to a deputy, the KBI release states. Whitson then fired multiple shots through a door that led into the dispatch room as a deputy approached to speak with him.

Two deputies were injuries during the shooting, the release states. No law enforcement officers discharged their weapons.

About 45 minutes after the shooting, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper saw Whitson’s vehicle near Glasco and pursued it eastbound on U.S. Highway 24, KHP Lt. Stephen La Row said in a release. A woman and five children got out of the vehicle when it stopped just south of Minneapolis shortly after 9 a.m., but Whitson then continued onto U.S. Highway 81, the KHP and KBI releases state.

Law enforcement used a manuever to force the vehicle to stop on U.S. 81. Troopers then found Whitson in the vehicle suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Whitson was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Both deputies are expected to recover from the injuries, the release states. One has been released from a hospital. The other is out of surgery and in stable condition at a Salina hospital.

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