Newton police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting

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Authorities say a deputy has killed a driver in central Kansas after he tried to take another officer's gun.

The pursuit began at around 10:35 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Lakeshore Drive in Newton when police attempted to stop a vehicle with suspected ties to car burglary. The driver fled on Interstate 135 and became combative after tire-puncturing devices were used to stop the vehicle near Moundridge.

A second person in the car got out without incident. 

Authorities used bean-bag rounds and a stun gun before an officer attempted to physically subdue the driver when he attempted to harm a police dog.

A news release said a McPherson County deputy "felt compelled to use lethal force" after the driver tried to take the officer's gun. 

"Thankfully, a McPherson County deputy saw what was going on," Newton Police Lt. Brian Hall told reporters at the scene. "He heard the officer calling out for help, and unfortunately he had to use lethal force to protect the other officer's life."

Family and Newton police identified the man as 24-year-old William "Matt" Holmes. 

A Newton police officer received minor injuries during the attempted arrest.

The passenger in the car, 22-year-old Kenneth Herrod, was booked into the Harvey County Jail for burglary, theft and interference with law enforcement. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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