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KBI, County Attorney Clear Deputies in Fatal Shooting

KSAL Staff - February 11, 2015 11:35 am

Two Saline County Sheriff’s deputies have returned to work after a month long probe by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation clears them of any wrongdoing in a shooting incident that fatally wounded 35-year-old Brock Nichols.

Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell concluded in her review of the case, “The use of force was lawful and justified.”

The deadly shooting occurred on the night of January 6th, while deputies were conducting a welfare check on a child in a home at 2388 East K-4 Highway.

After deputies had been inside with Nichols for some time, he went to the bathroom and then into a dark bedroom. Concerned about the dark room, one of the deputies turned on a light.

Authorities say Nichols then turned toward both deputies, pointing a semi-automic handgun at them. Both deputies fired at Nichols, hitting him.

Nichols was transported to Salina Regional Health Center, where he died. The unnamed deputies where then placed on paid leave.

Sheriff Glen Kochanowski tells KSAL News that supervisors are now working with the both deputies, as they transition back into regular duties, “They have to live with this the rest of their lives,” he said.

Fred Hanson

February 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Are you kidding me? Enought is enought those deputies killed that guy plain and simple. The sheriff’s department is corrupt as is the people who investigated them. The county attorney needs to be removed as the sheriff and his 2 deputies. A grand jury needs to be conviened. The 2 killer deputies need to be pulled off duty or fired. People of Saline county you need to make your voices heard.

Jerry Atrik

February 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

So it would have been ok for this dude just to open fire on the deputies, is this what you are saying? You are an idiot

Russ Harms

February 12, 2015 at 6:41 am

Fred, as always, you know ONE side of the situation. Until you have heard both, please feel free to keep your opinions to yourself.

Fred Hanson

February 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

Really explain to me why the deputies were there for 2 hours. If he was being unreasonable why not arrest him and take him downtown? Further the information is he was calling family members for help. You people think no matter what the sheriff’s office says is correct. Not so with this sheriff who has a history that follows him from when he was a cop. Further the names of the 2 deputies should be made public. The coverup continues.

Ren Faelber

February 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

It doesn’t matter why they were there for 2 hours, YOU DO NOT PULL A GUN ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS!!! If you think you can do such a better job than the sheriff then you run for office. Oh I bet you’ve got no LE experience to do it. What a shame.

Iggy P Daily

February 12, 2015 at 8:50 am

I have to agree with Fred on this one. This is a big cover up of the killing of an innocent man. Friends have told me that he did not have a gun in his hand but a cell phone. If this is true it would be very simple to find out. Further if these two so called deputies are innocent then why hide their names. If anyone else killed someone their names would be plastered everywhere. It is only time until the names come out and I wish I had my scanner on that night then I could give everyone the names. There should have been an independent investigation by someone not connected to law enforcement. They all look after each other. I hope the family of the slain man continues to search for the truth of really happened that night. Why were these deputies there for two hours? That seems to be outrageous in itself. It will not bring back the victim but maybe keep this from happening to another innocent person until the people of Saline County can clean up the sheriff’s office and county attorney’s office and put honorable people in those positions.

Iggy P Daily

February 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

Also a comment to Ren. Evidently you do not know much either to be calling Fred out. These deputies receive 6 months training to get into the sheriff’s department. Yes so even you Ren could be a deputy in 6 months. Does that make you fully qualified to handle what these people handle everyday? I believe not but the question remains it does not take two hours to do what they were sent to do.

Fred Hanson

February 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm

The cover-up is complete amazing how the initial stories reported have changed. From Nichols being asleep when they arrived there to him now being up drinking by himself. Then we have the ex-wife at the sheriff’s office which prompted the deputies to be sent to the home and the fact she was causing problems at the station wanting them to research paperwork to now having her not at the station but having the deputies at the house waiting on her to bring paperwork to the station. Every time the deputies go on a domestic matter and come in contact with an unruly drunk or drug up person they arrest them and take them to jail. Some how that did not occur here. The list goes on and on. Sheriff and Ellen Mitchell we are not stupid out here but we probably are in electing both of you to the offices you have presently. Not releasing the deputies names in a killing like this is not right and makes this whole matter stink even more. Time to have a Grand Jury to investigate what really happened here with regular people on it with no connections to the sheriff’s office. Hopefully Nichols family will request this and justice will be served.

Fred Hanson

February 13, 2015 at 7:19 am

Funny how when you point things out the those that are protective of the sheriff office don’t have much to say.

Fred Hanson

February 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Boy they sure buried this story fast. Trust me this will not go away until the 2 killers are prosecuted.

Musak Man

February 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

Are you kidding me……DAMN! You’re just as bad as all those idiots in Missouri who think you can do whatever you want….ignore law enforcement….and nothing will happen. How hard is it to grasp the idea that if you point a gun at a law enforcement officer, you’re going to get shot. LOL I guess it is too hard for some people to get it through their noodle heads. OH, and by the way……if you stand on the tracks long enough, you’re going to get hit by a train too. JUST SO YOU KNOW!!!!!!

Fuchs Mii

February 17, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Guys, Fred Hanson and Iggy are the same guy. He has a few others, one of which he has stopped using because of a certain situation. He will repeatedly say he will contact KSAL and is going to sue, threats, etc etc. He is just a very lonely and sad person that logs in with other accounts to make it look like others agree with his lunacy. Let him be, this is what he strives for, to actually make conversation of hate and discontent with others because he is very sad inside. Check his past comments for last few years, then check his names he consistenly replies to, who his friends are, read the basic premise of his hate, it all matches with each other. Don’t believe me, read his next comments below mine. Oh, I also love it when he goes off on people for having a fake account, when he himself has many. Kinda comical.

Musak Man

February 17, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Well, all I know for sure is if that is the case……comments from BOTH IDs are equally stupid and totally without intelligence.

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