Archive for Monday, September 22, 2014

Johnson County looking for man who fired at deputy

September 22, 2014

— Dozens of law enforcement authorities are searching for a man who reportedly fired at a Johnson County sheriff's deputy before fleeing.

The deputy was not injured in the shooting early Monday in southern Johnson County. Authorities say the deputy was investigating a reported break-in at a construction site when the shot was fired and the man fled.

Police did not return fire at the suspect.

Johnson County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jill Koch says people in the area should carefully check for anything suspicious on their property and notify the sheriff's office.

Operation 100 News has been following the story since early Monday morning. According to Operation 100 News, Koch said deputies responded on a reported theft in progress from a construction site around 12:45 a.m.

Deputies pursued a black Ford Ranger pickup truck that was seen leaving the construction site and pulling a trailer, westbound on 191st Street towards Mission Road.

The driver of the truck fired at least 10 shots at the pursuing deputies, Operation 100 News reports. No deputies were injured.

Deputies continued to pursue the truck into a neighborhood. The truck was found abandoned on 177th Terrace, just east of Rosewood Street, in Aubry Township. The neighborhood is located just to the southeast of 175th Street and Nall Avenue.

As additional deputies and officers from across the county arrived, a large perimeter was set up around the heavily wooded area. Kansas City, Missouri Police sent their helicopter over to assist in the search and a Leawood police K-9 searched on the ground.

Officers and deputies conducted extensive searches of the wooded area and have not been able to locate the man. He is believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous. No description has been released.

Deputy Koch asks that anyone in the area from Metcalf east to State Line and between 159th Street to 199th Street remain extra vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Sheriff's Office by calling 913-782-0720.

Union Pacific railroad temporarily stopped all rail traffic in the area to prevent the suspect from escaping the perimeter. Rail traffic has since been allowed to continue.

K-9 units have been brought in from several surrounding jurisdictions including the Miami County Sheriff's Office, Spring Hill Police Department and Overland Park Police Department.

Additional Sheriff's Office deputies are being brought in to take over perimeter positions that are being held by various agencies from across the county. Officers from as far away as Shawnee and Lenexa held positions during the early searches.

Mike Frizzell, Operation 100 News contributed to this report.

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