VIDEO: Suspect in Robbery and Shooting Caught
Todd Pittenger - Tue 02:22 PM 01/15/2013
A bank robbery suspect was caught in rural Saline County after exchanging gunfire with a state trooper late Tuesday night.
Law enforcement and first responders were all at the scene of an incident at Assaria Road and Gypsum Valley Road.
Earlier in the day, a Rice County bank was robbed at gunpoint. The FBI says a man walked into the First Bank of Chase Tuesday morning, showed a weapon and demanded money. He left in a green sports utility vehicle.
Troopers Tuesday evening spotted the suspect vehicle near Assaria in rural Saline County, and a chase ensued.
The suspect crashed near the intersection of Assaria Road and Gypsum Valley Road in rural Saline County. He fled on foot after exchanging gunfire with a state trooper.
Three people were hurt, including a state trooper. Two of the victims were in the vehicle with the suspect, a woman and a child. One was flown from the scene by helicopter. The other was taken to a hospital by ground transportation. Their exact injuries and conditions were not immediately known.
Trooper Ben Gardner told KSAL News at the scene that the state trooper's injury was the result of shattered glass, and not from being shot. He was transported to Salina Regional Health Center with minor injuries.
After being on the run for a couple of hours, the suspect was caught along Hobbs Creek Road about a half-mile south of Gypsum Valley Road.
Kansas State Troopers, KBI Agents, FBI Agents, Saline County Sheriff Deputies, and McPherson County Deputies were all among multiple agencies that responded. The highway patrol also had aircraft searching from the air, including an airplane and a helicopter.
Names of those involved were not available late Tuesday night.