At 6:40 p.m. Saturday, the Kansas Highway Patrol troopers assisted the Barton County Sheriff’s Department with an armed rural Barton County man who had been involved in a domestic battery case, according to a news release from KHP. The man was shot by a KHP trooper in a shoot-out and later died of his wounds.
A statement from Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Northwest 190 Road in rural Barton County near Galatia. 911 dispatchers had received a call in reference to a domestic battery in which shots had been fired and members of the KHP also responded as backup.
The KHP noted the armed man had previously injured a family member and was continuing to threaten bodily harm to others.
“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by an armed suspect,” Bellendir said in his statement. “Gunfire was exchanged between the officers and the suspect.”
According to the KHP, at 7:19 p.m., the armed suspect was confronted and a trooper advised that shots had been fired.
The suspect, identified by Bellendir as 71-year-old George Carson of rural Barton County, was shot. Carson was transported to the Hoisington hospital where he later died of his wounds.
No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident. One county patrol car was damaged by gunfire.
As is standard practice and in accordance with Kansas Highway Patrol policy, the trooper has been placed on administrative leave while this case is being investigated.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was notified and the scene was secured until their arrival. The KBI processed the crime scene and will conduct the investigation of the case.