Woman pleads no contest in attempted murder of deputy

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Jason Perez and Clara Crosser
Deputy Lucas Powell - Credit: Sedgwick County Facebook Page

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas woman has entered a plea in connection to the shooting of a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy last year.

On March 11, 2013, Deputy Lucas Powell tried to stop a car with two people inside for traffic violations when it sped off. After a chase, the deputy found the car abandoned near Potwin in Butler County.

As Powell tried to send in his K-9, he was shot by a woman who had been in the car. He was hit in the face and side, but was able to radio for help. Several other agencies quickly arrived.

The man believed to be driving the car, 36-year-old Jason Perez, was later shot by a state trooper when he allegedly refused to drop his weapon. Clara Crosser, 27, who investigators say fired at Powell, was also taken into custody. Both are from Gardner.

Today, Crosser entered no contest pleas to attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, criminal damage to property and possession of meth. She's scheduled to be sentenced on March 25.

Perez recovered from his wound and is scheduled for jury trial on February 24.

Deputy Powell underwent eye surgery and returned to duty. Earlier this week, Powell was recognized by the Kansas House of Representatives and awarded a certificate for bravery, control and poise in the face of danger.

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