The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attempted murder of a woman in Smith County, as well as an officer involved shooting which occurred as police attempted to apprehend the 15-year-old suspect.
According to the agency, preliminary information indicates that on Saturday just after 10:20 a.m., the Smith County Sheriff’s received a 911 call, and responded to 10021 O Road in Smith Center. Upon arriving, they located a 66-year-old white female victim who reported being restrained, beaten, and strangled. She was taken to a local hospital, and is expected to recover.
The suspect, a 15-year-old black male, fled the area on horseback. When he was located by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers at 100 Road and L Road, in Smith County, he was armed with a firearm.
KHP and Smith County Sheriff’s deputies spent a few hours attempting to apprehend the suspect. Then just before 2:20 p.m. the suspect fired at troopers. Two troopers returned fire, striking the subject.
They rendered medical aid and EMS responded. EMS transported him to a local hospital. He was then flown to a Kearney, Nebraska hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition is currently unknown.
The identity of the subject will be withheld because he is a juvenile.
No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
This investigation is ongoing.
ORIGINAL: One person was shot by officers in an incident in Northwest Kansas on Saturday.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, at 10:39 am, troopers were called to assist in Northwest Smith County in an attempted homicide case.
The suspect fled the scene. Ground units and KHP aircraft began a search.
The suspect was located in a wooded area, where he started to fire at troopers. Troopers returned fire and the suspect was struck.
The suspect was life-flighted to a hospital.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called and have taken over the investigation.