Tuesday Afternoon Pursuit Ends in Crawford County
At approximately 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, a suspect in Columbus reportedly made threats of violence towards several individuals, including the Columbus Animal Control Officer, and discharged a firearm.
After locating the individual, a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Officer observed the suspect swerve at an oncoming motorist and attempted to stop the suspect, who fled within the City of Columbus. Columbus City Police and Sheriff’s personnel pursued the suspect, who then went north from Columbus to Crawford County, where Columbus Police discontinued their involvement in the pursuit. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Officers continued into Crawford County and became secondary units, after Crawford County deputies became primary.
The suspect continued to flee east of Girard, where he eventually stopped, engaged in a shootout with law enforcement and was subdued.
No officers were injured during the shootout and the suspect was transported to an area hospital.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time and includes the Cherokee and Crawford County Sheriff’s Offices, Columbus Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.