An arrest and formal charges are anticipated following an early Friday morning shooting along Kansas Highway 150 in Chase County.
According to a release from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Chase County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call shortly after 6 a.m. from a man who reported a passenger in their vehicle had been shot. Deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers arrived a short time later and found a 33-year-old Emporia man suffering from a gunshot wound to his right hip. He was transported to Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia, where he was treated and released.
After KBI agents conducted an investigation, it was determined four men were carpooling from Emporia to McPherson for work. As the driver passed a second SUV, the occupants reported hearing several loud bangs and the right rear passenger reported being shot.
Authorities later found the second SUV unoccupied. After searching nearby pastures, they eventually located the 38-year-old suspect, from Milford, lying face down and unconscious in a creek. He was administered naloxone, which revived him. He was then transported to the same Emporia hospital where he remains. The KBI says a handgun was also located in the water, not far from where the suspect was discovered. KBI has not identified the individuals involved.
Further details are pending, but KBI says it does not appear the two men had any prior contact.