SOUTH HAVEN, Kan. - A man wanted in Iowa on drug charges is dead after he was shot by a farmer, in what the Sumner County Sheriff says appears to be self-defense.
It began around 11:45 a.m. Monday when the Kansas Turnpike Authority reported that a man, 41, did not have money to pay his toll at the south terminal, but had left behind an I.D. and said he would go get money. When Troopers ran the man's I.D., it showed he had outstanding warrants in Iowa for drug charges.
A trooper later caught up to the suspect's car and the man fled on foot into a wooded area near the turnpike. The highway patrol and Sumner County Sheriff's deputies began a search for the man that included help from a KHP airplane.
No sign of the suspect was found, so law enforcement went door to door in the rural area to ask farmers to keep an eye out of the suspect.
Around 5:00 p.m., a farmer called to report he saw the suspect walking on his property. While deputies were in route, they learned the farmer had the man at gunpoint at one point, but the suspect fled.
The man ran to a nearby property, which belonged to family of the farmer. The farmer told deputies that he feared for the safety of his family, so he pursued the suspect.
While the farmer was searching an outbuilding, Sheriff Darren Chambers says the suspect rushed the man and threatened to kill him. Sheriff Chambers says the farmer fired his shotgun, killing the man.
The sheriff says the case will be presented to the county attorney's office, but at this time, his office believes the shooting was an act of self-defense and charges against the farmer are not warranted.
Chambers says they are working to notify the suspect's family in Iowa before his name is released.