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KBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Bourbon County

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Thursday night near the Fort Scott National Cemetery.

The shooting happened at about 10:45 p.m. At 11:15 p.m., the KBI was called to help the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary information indicates that at 9:30 p.m., a deputy was sent to an area near Ford Scott Lake after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle.

After searching the area, the deputy found a red Ford Ranger pickup truck and saw the driver running a stop sign.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver of the Ranger refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

Officers from the Fort Scott Police Department then joined the pursuit.

At one point, the chase was discontinued for safety and the authorities lost contact with the Ranger.

They were able to find the truck again and pursued it down a dead end dirt path east of the intersection of 230 Street and Kansas Road in rural Fort Scott.

The driver then hit a Fort Scott Police Department vehicle while attempting to turn around and drove directly toward a Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office deputy who had parked and gotten out of his vehicle.

The deputy fired toward the Ranger, which then drove into a culvert.

The man driving the Ranger was not hit by gunfire and was identified as 51-year-old David L. Baldwin from Nevada, Missouri.

Baldwin was taken into custody and then to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

When he was released, he was booked into the Bourbon County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing or attempting to elude, felony criminal damage to property, and other misdemeanor traffic violations.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

The investigation is ongoing.

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