Kansas shooting suspect dies of self-inflicted wound

August 28, 2018 - 7:11 pm

A man suspected of shooting two deputies at a sheriff's office in north-central Kansas has died and the deputies are recovering from their injuries.

One of the wounded deputies has been released from the hospital, and the other is out of surgery and in stable condition.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that Jason L. Whitson, 40, of Mankato walked up to the dispatch desk at about 7:53 a.m. and requested to talk to a deputy. As a deputy approached to speak with him, he fired multiple times through a door that led to the dispatch room. No law enforcement officers fired their weapons.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper spotted his vehicle at 8:45 a.m. about 35 miles southeast of Mankato and pursued him for another 20 miles. His vehicle stopped just south of Minneapolis where a woman and five minor children were allowed to exit before he took off again.

A trooper used a maneuver that forced the vehicle to stop, and troopers found him inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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