Man killed after police chase near Moundridge

By KBBE News
August 29, 2017

Here's the official statement from the Newton Police Department Facebook page:

At about 10:37 pm, Newton Police officers attempted to stop a vehicle reported to have been involved with a car burglary. The vehicle fled the scene and led officers on a high-speed chase north on I-135.

After running over stop sticks, the vehicle came to a stop in the median near mile marker 51. The occupants of the vehicle refused to exit for several minutes, and then when the driver came out, he became combative.

Officers expended every less-lethal option, trying bean bag rounds, a taser, and even a K-9, but those efforts were unsuccessful. When the driver tried to harm the K-9, an officer attempted to physically subdue him.

During the altercation, the driver got ahold of the officer's gun and tried to pull it away from the officer. The Newton officer told other officers and asked for help. A McPherson County Deputy saw the driver trying to take the gun and felt compelled to use lethal force to protect our officer's life.

First aid was immediately rendered and the driver was transported to a hospital for further treatment. We regret to inform our community, despite all efforts the driver did not survive.

Both officers involved were treated for injuries sustained and are in good condition. The KBI has taken over the investigation. We will update our community when we can relay more information. We ask that you please keep all involved and their families in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time for our community.