New Details On Suspect Accused Of Shooting Butler County Sheriff's Deputy

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email
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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

KAKE News has learned the man accused of shooting a Butler County Sheriff's officer has been the subject of a search before.

In December of 2011, the Seward County Undersheriff says Jan Tracy Kilbourne stole a car and was pulled over by a deputy in Seward County. Kilbourne's passenger pulled out a knife and distracted the deputy, while Kilbourne jumped into the deputy's car and took off.

Several different agencies responded to help with the search. They found the deputy's car abandoned and stuck in the snow. They followed footprints in the snow and found Kilbourne hiding in a ditch.

He was convicted on 19 criminal charges including theft and evading a law enforcement officer. He pled out to all charges and received probation.

He eventually broke his probation and ended up in Butler County where he is accused of shooting a Butler county deputy.

Seward county is helping with the search. They believe Kilbourne may be heading their way because he has family there.

"Because of the fact that we heard he was also wounded in the incident, I assume and a lot of the people I work with assume that he would come to where he knows or come to where his family is," Seward county Undersheriff Gene Ward said.


UPDATE: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The search continues for a suspect accused of shooting a Butler County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop early yesterday.

Law enforcement officers are still looking for Jan Tracy Kilborne, who may have also been shot during the traffic stop around 5 a.m. Monday.

Tasha Kane and Graham Taylor were in the car with Kilbourne Monday morning. "He said he was loking for a pack of cigarettes and then he just pulls out a gun and shoots him", Kane said.

Kane and Taylor said the deputy then returned fire, firing multiple shots. Kilbourne ran from the scene and may have been wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

A bullet struck the deputy in the upper right shoulder but did not penetrate his bulletproof vest. He was taken to a Wichita hospital with cuts from the impact of the bullet and has since been released.


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UPDATE: Monday, September 2, 2013

Butler County Sheriff officials say they're expanding their search for Jan Kilbourne, the man wanted for allegedly shooting a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.

More than 50 law enforcement officers are searching the area north and south of U.S. 54 between Santa Fe Lake Road and Indianola Road. They are stopping and searching vehicles and conducting foot patrols with dogs. Officers are going door-to-door warning residents to stay indoors.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says Kilbourne is still believed to be in the area and is likely suffering from a gunshot wound. He is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a white man who is 5-foot-5-inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has brown hair and a slight beard. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and biker boots.

Herzet says the situation started around 5 a.m. at a car lot near U.S. 54 near Santa Fe Lake Road. A deputy spotted a car with two men and woman inside who were acting suspiciously.

The deputy pulled the car over and ran computer checks on the three suspects. He found Kilbourne and the woman had warrants out for their arrests. When he returned to the vehicle Herzet says shots were exchanged between the deputy and Kilbourne.

Officials say the bullet struck the deputy in the upper right shoulder but did not penetrate his bulletproof vest. He was taken to a Wichita hospital with cuts from the impact of the bullet and has since been released. His name has not yet been made public.

The woman and one of the men stayed at the scene but Kilbourne, who was shot, ran away. Officers followed what they believe was his blood trail through the area but it eventually went cold. They believe Kilbourne has a cell phone and they have been attempting to ping the phone to find his location.

Herzet says Kilbourne still has a gun and is capable of shooting someone. Residents have been warned to stay inside their homes and report any suspicious activity.


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A Butler County Sheriff's Deputy was shot this morning during a routine traffic stop. It happened around 5 a.m. near Andover.

The deputy saw a slow-moving vehicle and pulled it over. He approached the vehicle and saw two males and one female inside. After collecting their information, he went back to his patrol car to run a warrant search.

One suspect got out of the vehicle and began firing shots at the sheriff's deputy. The deputy was struck in the right shoulder. He returned fire, and police believe he struck the suspect.

The deputy was taken to a Wichita hospital in fair condition. The suspect is on the run. Police are following a blood trail because the suspect was also shot.

The suspect is 41-year-old Jan Tracy Kilborne, wearing blue jeans, a red T-shirt and biker boots. He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see someone matching this description, call 911 immediately. Do not approach him.

Police say it is still early in the investigation, but the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting, along with Andover and Augusta Police Departments.

We have a crew on scene and will continue to track this story. Check for updates during our midday show, on our Facebook or Twitter pages, and back here at KAKE.com.


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