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Suspect in dragging of Sedgwick County officer sought in Barton County
Melissa Heinzman
Melissa Heinzman

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Melissa Heinzman, the woman wanted in connection with the dragging of a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office deputy Sunday afternoon. It is believed Heinzman is in Barton County or Central Kansas, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

Heinzman is a white female, 45 years of age, five-foot-three, 120 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue pants. 

She has felony warrants and is the suspect in an aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer case.

According to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, it was just after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday that the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop in Wichita on Heinzman who has several warrants. Heinzman drove away and dragged the deputy 100 feet and the vehicle ran over the deputy’s foot. The deputy was taken to a hospital but is expected to recover.

Her 1999 Ford Explorer was recovered Monday, but she was not found.

Bellendir said she has connections with Barton County, and his office received a couple tips she might be in the area.

Anyone who has information about this crime or any other crime, is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300 or 888-305-1300.