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Three sheriff’s deputies injured and female driver killed in Kansas shooting

A female driver has been killed and three deputies injured in a shooting on a Kansas highway, police say.

On Friday, police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle along U.S. Highway 77 in Cowley County outside the town of Winfield, 50 miles southeast of Wichita, according to Kansas. Highway Patrol.

Officers began searching for the black Jeep around noon, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

They located the vehicle and approached asking the driver, a woman, to get out of the car.

When she refused to leave the car, officers attempted to physically remove her from the vehicle. She began shooting, hitting all three officers at the scene, officials said.

The officers returned fire and killed the woman, police added.

The exact circumstances of the shooting and the identity of those involved remain unknown.

It is unknown if any body camera footage exists.

The three MPs were taken to hospital, including one by airlift. They are expected to make a full recovery.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case. The Independent contacted the KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol and Cowley County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

“We just don’t know at this stage the events leading up to it, other than the vehicle being called as a suspect. Deputies were following that lead and that’s when it happened. said county sheriff David Falletti. told KSN.

Officers from the Arkansas City Police, Winfield Police and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene to assist in the investigation.

The KBI is overseeing the investigation and will present its findings to the Cowley County District Attorney.

“It didn’t really surprise me at the same time, because lately a lot has happened in this area and in Ark City,” added local resident Hector Perez. KSN.

“And I grew up here. So it’s like, you know, just another. Do you know what I’m saying?”

Neighboring police departments have sent messages of support to injured MPs.


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