Basehor officer unscathed after suspect fires shots

May 29, 2013

A Basehor police officer was shot at while assisting in the apprehension of four armed suspects Sunday night when a car chase that began in Kansas City, Kan., crossed into Leavenworth County.

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said the incident began at State Avenue and North 69th Street, near Turner Diagonal Highway, at 6 p.m. when four male suspects stole a person’s vehicle and wallet at gunpoint. Kansas City officers pursued the suspects through the city and into Leavenworth County via Leavenworth Road.

As the chase entered Leavenworth County, Martley said, Basehor Police Officer Justin Self began following the suspects along with a Kansas City officer. The suspects eventually crashed their vehicle in a field at 185th Street and Leavenworth Road and fled on foot.

Self and the other officer apprehended one suspect immediately and began to chase the other three. During that chase, one suspect shot at Self, Martley said, and Self returned fire. Upon hearing the gunshots, a second suspect surrendered.

The remaining two suspects were found within 30 minutes, Martley said. One was trying to gain entrance to a residence when the homeowner called the police, leading to his capture. The fourth suspect was found hiding in a bush.

Neither Self nor the other officer was injured during the incident. Basehor Sgt. Frank Pflumm and officer Robert Holland also assisted at the scene.

Martley said Self did an outstanding job in the face of danger and deserves credit for his courage.

“For a young officer, he displayed exceptional professionalism and did an outstanding job of assisting in the apprehension of four dangerous felons that came into our county,” he said.

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