Kansas undersheriff charged in fatal beanbag shooting

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MEDICINE LODGE — A Kansas undersheriff who fatally shot a man at close range with a beanbag has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents arrested 60-year-old Barber County Undersheriff Virgil “Dusty” Brewer Wednesday at the Barber County Courthouse.

He was charged by the Kansas Attorney General’s office in the October 2017 death of 42-year-old Steven Myers, of Sun City.

Myers was shot with the beanbag after officers responded to a call about a man threatening people with a gun outside a bar in Sun City, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) west of Wichita.

Myers’ wife has sued Brewer and Sheriff Lonnie Small, alleging they used excessive force by shooting Myers, who she says was unarmed and not threatening officers or trying to escape when he was hit.

Small was later dismissed from the federal lawsuit.

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