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.While a farmer was searching an outbuilding for a mant he saw wandering on his property, Sheriff Darren Chambers says the suspect rushed the farmer 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 has identified the man as Joseph Lamasters, 42, of Creston, Iowa. Lamasters body was transferred to the Sedgwick County Forensics Science Center for an autopsy.
The sheriff says Lamasters body was fingerprinted to confirm his identity.