UPDATE: Thursday, February 7, 2013
One man is in custody, and authorities are looking for at least one other person after an auto theft with shots fired turned into a manhunt on Wednesday.
The man in custody was wounded from a gunshot but has since been released from the hospital and into Sedgwick County Jail.
This afternoon, Jack Stanley, 35, was booked on charges that include: possession of stolen property, criminal damage to property, flee and elude, tag violations, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stanley has 21 prior convictions in Kansas that include thefts and burglaries.
"Year ago, we had just a lot of vehicle thefts, vehicle chases, this is all going to be part of that group again. So, I think as we go along, there'll be a number of agencies that will become involved in him," said Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.
At least one more suspect is still being sought. He may be driving a white 2001 Dodge Ram 4X4 with a rusted front grill, an after-market hood, and no license plate. Anyone who may spot that vehicle should contact 911.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
One man is in custody, and authorities are looking for at least one other person after an auto theft with shots fired turned into a manhunt.
Just before 6 a.m. this morning, Harvey County deputies were dispatched to the 18000 block of West U.S. Highway 50. The owner of Southwest Wheels, a residence and home-based business that sells used trucks and motorcycles, called to report that one of his trucks was being stolen.
After the call, the owner went outside to check on his other property and found a second suspect in his shed in the process of taking a second vehicle.
According to the sheriff's office, the victim was armed with a shotgun and confronted the suspect in the shed. That's when the suspect allegedly tried to run over the owner, who then fired his shotgun at the truck.
The suspect crashed into a nearby tree and a second shot was fired as he was getting out of the truck. He then ran from the property. The owner told deputies he believed he hit the suspect with the second shot.
When investigators arrived, they found a white Chevrolet pickup about a half mile from the scene - a truck that had been reported stolen from Butler County. At 8 a.m. a resident who lives about a half mile south of the crime scene called 911 to report her minivan had just been stolen.
That van was recovered a short time later near 215th Street West and 109th Street North in Sedgwick County. It was found abandoned near a creek.
Officers from the Harvey and Sedgwick County sheriff's offices, Halstead, Newton and Wichita police departments, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol began searching the area.
A K-9 located the suspect around 10:15 a.m., about five miles from where the minivan had been abandoned. He was hiding in weeds near a creek bed. The 35-year-old was taken to a Wichita hospital with various leg wounds from shotgun pellets.
Investigators are still looking for at least one other suspect, who stole a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup from the business. A motorcycle had also been taken, but was found in a ditch east of the victim's residence on Highway 50.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Harvey County Sheriff's Office.