FORD COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday morning in Dodge City, Kansas. Three deputies were shot, and a Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) trooper was injured during the fatal shooting.
Preliminary information indicates that deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office observed a blue Toyota Tundra driving through Minneola, Kansas.
The Tundra matched the description of a vehicle connected to a double homicide in Phoenix, Arizona. When deputies initiated a traffic stop, the female driver and her male passenger, who was later identified as Leroy D. Malone, 39, of Phoenix, Arizona, fled prompting a vehicle pursuit.
The vehicles headed north on U.S. Highway 283 into Ford County, where deputies from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office and the KHP joined the pursuit. Deputies and troopers deployed stop sticks to try to slow the truck, and a deputy from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office used a maneuver to force the truck into the ditch.
After the vehicle came to rest east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and 113 Road in Dodge City, gunfire was exchanged. Deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Ford County Sheriff’s Office discharged their firearms. A handgun was recovered from inside the truck.
Leroy Malone was hit multiple times by gunfire, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The female subject received multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita where she is in critical condition.
Two deputies from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office were shot. One deputy was transported to a Wichita hospital with serious gunshot wounds. He is currently in the intensive care unit. The second deputy was treated for shrapnel injuries and has been released from an area hospital.
A deputy from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office was shot twice, and was transported to a Wichita hospital. He is currently in serious condition. A KHP trooper was bit by a police K-9 during the shooting incident. He underwent surgery, and is in good condition.
FORD COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Ford County.
Just after 9 a.m. Monday, a Clark County sheriff's deputy observed a wanted suspect and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to a statement from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The suspect fled.
Deputies chased the vehicle north toward Dodge City. Ford County sheriff's deputies and the Kansas Highway Patrol joined the pursuit. Once the suspect’s vehicle came to a stop, gunfire was exchanged in the 1100 Block of East Wyatt Earp Boulevard or U.S. 50 and 113 Road.
A suspect died in the exchange of gunfire. Two Ford County deputies and a Clark County deputy were shot. EMS transported one of the Ford County deputies, a deputy from Clark County and a woman in the suspect vehicle to a Wichita hospital. She was reported in critical condition.
A KHP trooper was also bitten by a dog during the incident.
Check the Post for additional details as they become available.
FORD COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Dodge City, according to a statement from Ford County.
EMS transported multiple people to the hospital and residents were asked to avoid the 11000 block of East Wyatt Earp Boulevard as first responders work to clear the scene.
Officials have released no additional details. Check the POST for more information as it becomes available.