Carjacking suspect shot by officers after chase in Kansas

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Photo courtesy Kelsey Venables (Salina Post) Photo courtesy Kelsey Venables (Salina Post)
SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say a 24-year-old carjacking suspect was shot by police after a carjacking and pursuit in Saline County. 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Colt Wright stole a 2010 Jeep Wrangler at gunpoint from Kwik Shop at 305 West Schilling Road on Tuesday.

During a chase, Wright allegedly struck a Salina police vehicle and opened fire on officers. He lost control near Whitmore and Country Club road and exchanged gunfire with police and deputies, injuring a deputy who was hit in the face with debris.

After Wright crashed, the KBI says Wright exchanged gunfire with police. A Salina officer and a deputy returned fire, striking Wright. 

Wright was taken to Salina Regional Health Center for surgery. No officers were hit in the exchange of gunfire.


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Police say they have arrested a suspect for an armed carjacking and shooting at officers in Saline County.

Officers responded at around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to an armed carjacking at the Kwik Shop at 305 West Schilling Road. Police Chief Brad Nelson said one officer saw the stolen vehicle on Magnolia Road and before the officer tried to stop it, the suspect backed up and rammed the patrol vehicle. 

That officer was not hurt.

Officers and sheriff's deputies pursued the vehicle and the suspect fired multiple rounds at law enforcement during the chase. 

The suspect crashed near Whitmore and Country Club Road just before 6 p.m., and Chief Nelson said the suspect exited the vehicle with a handgun. Officers and deputies fired on the suspect. 

The suspect was hurt and transported to a local hospital, but Nelson did not say whether the suspect sustained gunshot wounds. 

An officer was treated for minor injuries and released. 

The KBI is investigating the case. The suspect's name was not released. 

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