SALINA – A Salina police officer was hit by gunfire during a high speed pursuit early Sunday morning.
According to a media release, a Salina police officer observed a vehicle failing to stop for multiple stops signs in north Salina at about 2:32 a.m. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop and the vehicle fled. At the beginning of the pursuit, an occupant of the vehicle fired multiple gun shots at the pursuing police vehicle on North 9th Street near Thomas Park. One of these rounds fired by the suspect struck the pursuing officer in his foot.
The vehicle pursuit left the city limits of Salina on North 9th Street and West Pleasant Hill Road with two Salina police officers pursuing the vehicle.
During the pursuit in Saline County, officers and deputies attempted to set up vehicle tire deflating devices in front of the fleeing vehicle. They too were fired upon by occupants of the fleeing vehicle while attempting to place these tire deflating devices on Halstead Road near Interstate 70. Both the deputy and the officer returned fire.
At 2:40 a.m., the fleeing vehicle left the roadway in the area of West Crawford and Halstead Road and crashed. The occupants of the vehicle fled from the vehicle.
One occupant, a 37-year-old male from Wichita, was located hiding in a nearby field and taken into custody and a second suspect is still at large.
The Salina Police Department, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Highway Patrol have multiple personnel at the scene and are actively looking for the additional suspect who is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.
The Salina police officer who was shot was transported to the Salina Regional Hospital by a Salina Fire Department EMS unit. He is presently in stable condition and it is anticipated he will make a full recovery.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been called in to take over the investigation regarding this officer involved shooting.