The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred the night of March 9 in Minneola, Kans. that resulted in the death of 67-year old Fowler native Jim Wright.
No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office contacted the KBI at approximately 9:50 p.m. to request assistance investigating the shooting, where upon KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) responded to the scene.
At approximately 7 p.m., a family member of Wright, reported concern for his welfare to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies began searching for Wright and he was located by deputies of the Meade County Sheriff’s Office near the Clark County and Meade County line.
Wright was sitting in his dark green Kia Sorento when he observed the deputy’s vehicle and fled in his SUV, triggering a pursuit.
Preliminary information indicates that deputies pursued Wright’s vehicle northeast into Clark County and law enforcement officers from several area agencies joined the pursuit.
Deputies from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office set up and deployed spike strips just inside the Minneola city limits.
After crossing the strips, Wright’s SUV slowed and came to a stop near U.S. Highway 283 and Ash St. in Minneola.
Wright exited the stopped vehicle holding a firearm.
Deputies and officers gave commands for him to drop the gun.
Two deputies from the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, and a game warden from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fired at Wright, striking him.
The Minneola Police Department was also at the scene.
The shooting occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m.
Law enforcement officers and EMS rendered medical aid, but Wright was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a KBI press release, “the KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting, where once completed the findings will be turned over to the Clark County Attorney for review.”
This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.