Special to The Leader-News
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting that happened Thursday afternoon, Jan. 23, along I-35 in northern Chase County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol requested KBI assistance at approximately 1:45 p.m. and KBI agents and the crime scene response team responded.
KHP troopers from Troops N and ESU were attempting to locate a wanted suspect, identified early Friday as 40-year-old Dustin S. Schultz-Bergin of Olathe, when they came into contact with him at the Matfield Green Service Area on I-35. Schultz-Bergin fled in a black Nissan Altima heading north. A pursuit ensued, and a trooper in a separate vehicle was able to deploy stop sticks ahead of his car. This caused the car to become disabled near mile marker 107 — 20 miles south of the Emporia tollgate.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:25 p.m., Schultz-Bergin exited his vehicle and a confrontation occurred, which led one of the two troopers on scene to fire shots. A K-9 was also utilized. Schultz-Bergin sustained at least one gunshot wound and several puncture wounds from the K-9. No troopers were injured.
EMS responded to the scene, and the suspect was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He is currently in critical condition.
The KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the shooting. Once completed the findings will be turned over to the Chase County Attorney for review. This investigation is ongoing.