The Great Bend Police Department received a report of a shooting at approximately 10 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Baker Ave. where they found a 39-year-old man who had been shot. He was treated by Great Bend Fire/Emergency Medical Service and transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was later transported to a Wichita hospital where he is in serious but stable condition, Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch reported. His name was not released.
According to the chief, officers learned that a 65-year-old male was staying at the residence with an elderly man who lives there. The 65-year-old man claimed that he heard noise outside and walked around the house to investigate. When he came back inside, he allegedly saw the younger man (who was apparently burglarizing the house) wrestling with the elderly resident. He then shot the alleged burglar.
“The investigation is still ongoing, and the department will not release further information for several days in order to allow time for detectives to adequately investigate the incident,” Couch said in a statement.