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Police seek man on gun, assault charges

November 15, 2006

Police are seeking a 25-year-old Basehor man who allegedly kicked in the door of his home, waved a handgun at his wife -- and later told an officer he wasn't returning to jail.

Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said the man, Kirtis Shane Davenport, went to the Basehor apartment he's been sharing with his pregnant wife about 8 p.m. Sunday. He knocked on the door, but covered the peephole. His wife did not open the door.

¢ If you have information about Kirtis Shane Davenport, call the Basehor police department, (913) 724-1313 or 911. ¢ Davenport last was seen driving a dark blue 2006 Dodge Ram pickup. The vehicle had temporary Kansas tags. ¢ He's described by police as being 6-foot-1, weighing about 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. ¢ Police warn he is armed and dangerous. "Anyone who has contact with him should use due caution," Police Chief Terry Horner said.

"The next thing you know, he kicks the door right off the hinges," Horner said.

Davenport's wife told officers he was waving a 9 mm automatic. Two children also were in the apartment at the time.

"He was yelling and screaming, 'Where's he at? Who's here with you?'" Horner said. "The next thing he started yelling was, 'Let me find out where he lives.'"

He then left.

That incident was disturbing, and the police chief said he was concerned further, after a conversation the man had with a police detective a few hours later. Davenport called police Detective Lloyd Martley and admitted kicking in the door and having the gun, the chief said.

"He told the detective, if anyone messes with me, my wife or my kids, I'll kill them," Horner said.

Davenport, who served six years in prison, also told Martley he wasn't going back to jail.

Law officers in the area have been informed about Davenport and the statements he made to Martley, Horner said.

"It's a big concern to us, not only for officer safety, but for public safety," Horner said. "Anyone who makes terrorist threats is of interest to us. We'd like to take him into custody. We'd hate to see him follow through on his threats."

Police also went to Leavenworth County District Court on Tuesday, seeking charges and an arrest warrant for Davenport. The county attorney's office on Tuesday filed two felony charges -- possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault -- and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.

The history

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Davenport was sentenced in June 1998 in Wyandotte County on charges of inciting a riot, two counts of theft and three counts of auto burglary. Five months later, he was sentenced in other cases in Wyandotte County on auto burglary and theft charges.

He escaped in February 2000 from Hutchinson Correctional Facility, but was found within days. He was sentenced in July 2004 on escape and theft charges, and was paroled in August 2004.

Horner said Davenport likely wanted to talk with Martley because Martley had been involved in an earlier investigation, in which Davenport's wife alleged he had been in a physical altercation with her on Oct. 21.

"He probably knew he'd screwed up (Sunday night) and probably wanted to feel out the detective to see what kind of trouble he was in," Horner said.

When Martley tried to encourage Davenport to turn himself in, Horner said, Davenport hung up on him.

Horner said Davenport's wife obtained a restraining order against her husband.

"It hasn't been served on him because we can't find him," the chief said.

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