Lyons Man Arrested In Shooting Incident
KSAL Staff - Wed 10:53 AM 10/10/2012
A Lyons man is in the Saline County Jail, accused in a Tuesday night incident where shots were fired at a state trooper.
According to Saline County Jail records, 30-year-old Jason Gleason was booked in overnight on numerous charges that could include kidnapping and attempted murder.
Gleason is suspected of robbing a Rice County bank Tuesday. 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. Gleason fled on foot after exchanging gunfire with a state trooper.
Kyle Smith from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation tells KSAL News that three people were hurt, including the state trooper.
Two of the victims were in the vehicle with the suspect, an adult 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 still not made public as of late Wednesday morning, but Smith says both were being treated for gunshot injuries.
Smith says that a woman and three children were in the SUV with Gleason.
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. His name was not being released Wednesday morning.
After being on the run for a couple of hours, Gleason 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.
According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, Gleason was released from prison in Hutchinson in June. He had served 8 years for crimes that include aggravated robbery. While in prison he was cited numerous times for violations that include fighting, theft, and contraband.