Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy has shot and killed a motorist who tried to take the deputy’s gun after a pursuit ended in a crash in western Kansas.
The Ellis County prosecutor said in a news release that the chase started early Tuesday after Hays police officers attempted to stop the white driver from crossing the center line. The motorist reached speeds of more than 100 mph before crashing while attempting to pass another vehicle on U.S. 183.
The release says a deputy used a stun gun when the driver attacked. The two tussled on the ground before the driver was fatally shot while attempting to take the deputy’s gun.
The officer was treated at a hospital and released. The name of the suspect and the deputy weren’t immediately released.
ORIGINAL: Authorities say officers are investigating a shooting involving an officer in western Kansas.
The Hays Post reports that a Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher says the shooting happened north of Hays. While authorities investigated, traffic on a two-mile stretch of U.S. 183 was disrupted Tuesday morning.
Hays police are referring questions to the county prosecutor, whose phone rang unanswered early Tuesday.
No additional details were immediately available.