The KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Chase County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an shooting incident that happened early Friday morning.
Deputies received a 911 call from a man saying that a passenger in their vehicle had been shot. The Chase County Sheriff’s Office and KHP troopers responded to mile marker 13 on Highway 150 and found a 33-year-old man, from Emporia, with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital.
KBI agents responded to the scene soon after. They learned that four men were carpooling to work from Emporia toward McPherson. Their vehicle then passed a black 2015 Ford Explorer that appeared broke down on the side of the road. They reported hearing loud bangs, then one of the passengers realized he had been shot.
Officers began searching the pasture areas around the highway after learning the Ford Explorer had been abandoned. They eventually found a 38-year-old male suspect, from Milford, Kansas, lying face down and unconscious in a creek, but they were able to revive him
Authorities conducted an extensive search of the scene and located a handgun in the water, not far from where the suspect was discovered.
The man who was shot was treated for his injuries and has been released from the hospital. The suspect remains hospitalized. It is not believed that the two men had any prior contact.
An arrest and charges are pending.