On September 16, 2016 at approximately 8:10 a.m., KHP dispatch received a call from a citizen that there was a vehicle stopped on I-70 at milepost 29 eastbound, or about two miles east of Edson, KS. The caller said there was a man outside of the vehicle holding a baseball bat or a machete.
A KHP trooper responded to the call, arrived on scene at 8:12 a.m., and found a 2014 Dodge passenger vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. The trooper advised there was one male subject with the vehicle, who was hiding in front of the car. The trooper called for back-up, got out of his patrol car, and was subsequently rushed by the male subject, who was armed with a machete. The trooper gave several commands to the subject to drop the machete, but the subject continued to advance on him. The trooper then fired his weapon, striking the subject. The subject was transported Goodland Regional Medical Center, where he was later flown to a Denver hospital.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was immediately called to investigate the incident and has arrived on scene. Per KHP policy, the trooper will be put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Any further information reference this case will come from the investigating agency, the KBI, 785-296-8200.