At about 6:16 p.m. Monday, a Sedgwick County K9 officer spotted a white Cadillac with a temporary car tag speeding north-bound on I-135 near 101st Street North; the car was weaving its way through traffic. The deputy was nearly a mile behind the suspect, but began pursuit with lights & sirens. The vehicle turned east-bound on Highway I-196, at speeds of between 90-120 miles per hour.On the south side of Potwin, the car turned south on Ayr Road, then on to NW 70th Street, a dirt road. The deputy caught up with the car, which had stopped and was smoking; the cars occupants had exited the vehicle, and gone to a nearby hedgerow.
At 6:32 p.m., the deputy used his radio to tell dispatchers that he needed assistance, and that he'd been shot by pellets from a shotgun, suffering injuries to the right side of his body and his right eye. The deputy returned fire.
The injured deputy, a 33-year-old man, was taken by ambulance in serious condition to Wichita's Wesley Medical Center, where he underwent eye surgery. As of late Tuesday morning, he was listed in stable condition.
After the deputy was shot, personnel from Butler County, Sedgwick County, the Kansas Highway Patrol, Harvey County, Valley Center, and Park City responded to the area, setting up a perimeter. The suspects apparently traveled east-bound on foot towards a residence. At that residence, a man had heard the previous gunshots and shouting, he and his wife went inside and locked their doors.
Looking out, the saw a man and a woman, both armed, approaching their property. The suspects probed two cars in the driveway, but were not able to steal them.
The suspects then walked to the northeast, and fired the gun at a sheriff's deputy driving by, and hitting the patrol car. The suspects went to the northeast part of the field, firing several rounds at deputies on the highway and NW 70th.
The suspects retreated back to the hedgerow to the west, where they were met by officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Butler County sheriff's department. The patrol trooper fired one round, striking the male suspect in the chest; both suspects were taken into custody.
The male suspect is 35-year-old Jason C. Perez from Gardner, Kansas. He's a parolee, who has been in prison before on narcotics offenses. He was taken by helicopter to Wichita for medical treatment.
The female suspect is 27-year-old Clara Crosser, also from Gardner; she was taken to a Wichita hospital with minor injuries. She has since been booked into the Butler County jail on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.