Early Tuesday morning on August 28, a man walked into a sheriff's office and opened fire injuring several police officers. Then the suspect tried to take his own life.
The devastating news came in this morning, but the mainstream media has decided not to cover the story, at least at this time. Local news channels in Kansas and the "Blue Lives Matter" publication has chosen to write about the story. We are asking our readers to pray for the recovery of the wounded officers.
At about 7:49 a.m. Tuesday, Jason Lee Whitson walked into the Jewell County Sheriff's Office in Mankato, Kansas, and began shooting at police officers and staff. He shot one deputy in the neck and another officer in the torso. The suspect fled the scene.
The Sheriff's Office stated that one of the deputies is being treated for his injuries and is expected to be released later on Tuesday. However, the other deputy was rushed by air ambulance to Salina Hospital and will need to undergo surgery. He was listed in critical condition.
About an hour later, the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) said that they spotted the suspect in a gold 2002 or 2004 Ford Windstar near the town of Glasco on Highway 24 heading east. Police rolled up next to the gunman and ordered him to pull over. Whitson ignored the trooper's commands and continued driving at a normal speed, according to reports.
According to KHP, the suspect pulled over on Highway 81 near Minneapolis at around 9 a.m., and a woman and multiple children exited the vehicle. None of them were injured. Then the suspect took off again.
Several minutes later, the highway patrol officers stopped the suspect using a PIT maneuver on Highway 81. The minivan spun off the road allowing the officers to apprehend the suspect.
When the officers approached the vehicle, they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital and listed in critical condition. There are no further details available at this time.
"I'm praying for a full recovery for the two Jewell County deputies shot in the line of duty earlier this morning," Governor Jeff Colyer wrote on Twitter. "We appreciate the service rendered by all law enforcement officers, and thank them for their bravery."
Please keep these officer's in your thoughts and prayers!