The sirens and emergency vehicles on I-70 between Colby and Goodland yesterday evening were not for an accident. It was the end of a police chase.
According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, at 10 pm central time, authorities in Colby were called to the Oasis Truck Stop because a man and woman were attempting to exchange sexual relations for money.
Upon arriving, officers found the truck the suspects were driving was stolen from Texas. The two fled from the scene and took the chase west on I-70 into Sherman County.
Kansas Highway Patrol officers tried to use stop sticks to immobilize the truck and eventually stopped the truck as it went into a westbound ditch at mile post 28.
KBI said in a statement that the male driving the vehicle exited the truck and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers, who opened fire.
He was transported to Goodland Regional Medical before being flown to Wichita. His current condition is unknown and the woman in the car was arrested and taken to the Thomas County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the KBI.
Sherman County Sheriff Burton Pianalto released the following statement on the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:
“On April 23, 2014 at approximately 9:53 p.m., the Sherman County Sheriff, Undersheriff, and a Sherman County Deputy along with Kansas Highway patrol assisted in the stopping of suspect that was pursued out of Colby by Colby Police Officers. Stop stick deployed in Thomas County was unsuccessful. Kansas highway patrol and Sherman County Deputy deployed Stop sticks at approximately milepost 34. Stop stick were deployed by the Sherman County Sheriff at milepost 30. The suspect vehicle stopped in the north I-70 ditch, milepost 28. After the vehicle stopped, a male suspect, armed with a weapon, was shot. The female in the vehicle was arrested and transported to Colby. The male suspect was transported by Northwest Kansas EMS to Goodland Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.
No Sherman County Sheriff’s Office personal discharged their weapon and no officers were injured during this incident.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has been notified and is conducting the investigation in this case. Please route all future questions reference this incident through the KBI at 785-296-8200.”
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