The name of a Barton County man who died Saturday after a shoot-out with law enforcement officers was released Monday.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been asked to lead the investigation.
A Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper and a Barton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy were placed on administrative leave, “as is customary during officer involved shootings,” according to a statement released Tuesday by KBI spokesman Mark Malick. Their identities were not released.
George L. Carson, 71, died as a result of wounds he received after reportedly exchanging gunfire with officers, who were not injured.
Two KHP troopers were assisting officers from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, who responded to a 911 domestic battery call in which three shots had been fired, at 6:39 p.m. Saturday at 583 NW 190 Road, near Galatia. A family member reported Carson was shooting at him with a revolver and had another family member trapped in a garage. The family member in the garage was set free, but Carson stayed outside with the gun.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office call log shows 12 law enforcement officers arrived, including the two troopers, nine BCSO officers and one BCSO reserve.
A statement from Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Carson had previously injured a family member and was continuing to threaten bodily harm to others.
“Dispatchers were told during the 911 call that the male subject had fired a gun during the domestic incident,” Malick reported. “Upon arrival deputies and troopers were approached by (Carson), who was holding a handgun. Deputies began instructing Carson to put the handgun down, but instead Carson pointed the handgun at law enforcement and fired a round at them. Law enforcement returned fire at Carson, who was struck and taken into custody.
“Medical personnel were on scene at the time of the shooting and transported Carson to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington where he later died as a result of his injuries.”
KHP issued a news release on Sunday, stating the confrontation and exchange of gunfire occurred at 7:19 p.m. , and that Carson died “a short time” after being taken to the hospital.
No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident, but a county patrol car was damaged by gunfire.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation office in Great Bend was notified and the scene was secured until their arrival.
Malick said the incident remains under investigation and pending the results from an autopsy.
“At the conclusion, all investigative documentation will be delivered to the Barton County Attorney’s Office for review.”