Deputy wounds fleeing motorist after carjacking attempt

Published 9:36 am Monday, January 27, 2020

DIGHTON, Kan. (AP) — A western Kansas sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a fleeing motorist after he attempted to carjack another vehicle when two of his tires were flattened, authorities say.

A Ness County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the motorist Tuesday morning east of Ness City because he was driving a pickup truck that matched the description of one used in an armed robbery of a Dollar General store about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) away in Dighton, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in a news release.

The driver was identified Wednesday as Timothy Kellebrew, 42, of Ashland City, Tenn. He was listed in fair condition after undergoing surgery at a Wichita hospital.

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The KBI says Kellebrew refused to stop and headed east along Kansas 96, where deputies used tire-puncturing stop sticks. He kept going for several miles with flattened tires and forced a truck off the road before his vehicle stopped, according to investigators.

The KBI says when Kellebrew tried to carjack a bystander’s truck, the deputy fired multiple shots, wounding the suspect.

A woman who was in the truck with Kellebrew was detained and questioned. The KBI did not update her status Wednesday and released no further information.