Archive for Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tonganoxie man jailed after shooting at deputy

July 26, 2006

A rural Tonganoxie man ended up in jail Saturday night, after he allegedly fired a shotgun at a sheriff's deputy.

No one was injured in the incident, which stemmed from an argument between the suspect, a 32-year-old rural Tonganoxie man, and a Lenexa man.

According to Lt. Andy Dedeke, the suspect offered to sell a shotgun to the Lenexa man. But, because he was concerned the gun was stolen, the man declined.

"He told him to leave, which he did," Dedeke said.

The two had been at the Lenexa man's in-law's home in Leavenworth County.

After the suspect left, the Lenexa man began to worry the suspect would return. So he decided to follow the suspect home.

"While he's en route, (the suspect) gets nervous," Dedeke said. "He calls us and says a crazy person is chasing him and he thinks he's armed."

The suspect and the Lenexa man make it to the suspect's home on 207th Street about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, where they begin arguing.

The suspect tells the Lenexa man to leave.

As the Lenexa man is backing out of the driveway, sheriff's Deputy Carol Abramovitz is pulling in. And that's when Abramovitz saw a muzzle flash from a shotgun.

The suspect "said he didn't realize the car pulling in was a sheriff's deputy," Dedeke said. "At any rate, he was taken into custody for aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm."

The gun was fired only once, Dedeke said.

"The officer was out and on top of him pretty quick after that," the lieutenant said. "That generally gets your attention."

In addition, the man was booked on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained in jail Tuesday afternoon.

Deborah Owens of the Leavenworth County district attorney's office said her office had not received reports from the sheriff's department regarding Saturday night's incident. Consequently, no charges have been filed in court.

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