**Update on condition of Jewell County Sheriff's deputies
JEWELL COUNTY –The Jewell County Sheriff's Office requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) provide an update on the condition of the two Jewell County sheriff's deputies who were shot Tuesday morning at the Sheriff's Office in Mankato, Kan.
The Jewell County deputy who was treated at the local hospital was released late Tuesday afternoon and is now recovering at home. The Jewell County deputy being treated at a Salina, Kan. hospital continues to recover at the hospital and is currently in stable condition.
The names of the deputies will not be released in order to respect their privacy while they recover from their injuries.
JEWELL COUNTY –Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) agents are investigating the shooting of two Jewell County sheriff’s deputies which occurred Tuesday morning at the Sheriff’s Office in Mankato, Kan.
Preliminary information indicates that on Aug. 28 at approximately 7:52 a.m., a male subject, identified as Jason L. Whitson, 40, of Mankato, entered the Sheriff’s Office. He walked up to the dispatch desk and requested to talk to a deputy. As a sheriff’s deputy approached to speak with him, Whitson fired multiple times through a door that led into the dispatch room. Two deputies were injured during the shooting. No law enforcement officers discharged their firearms.
Whitson then fled the Sheriff’s Office. Since he was recognized by personnel at the Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement immediately began to locate him and the vehicle they assumed he would be driving.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., a Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) trooper spotted Whitson’s vehicle and pursued him Eastbound on US-24 Highway. When the vehicle was just south of Minneapolis, Kan., an adult female and five minor children were allowed to exit. Whitson then continued onto US-81 Highway where law enforcement used a maneuver that forced the vehicle to stop.
Once the vehicle was stopped, KHP Troopers approached it and found him suffering from a selfinflicted gunshot wound. No law enforcement officers at this scene discharged their firearms.
EMS responded and transported Whitson to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Both Sheriff’s deputies are expected to recover from their injuries. One deputy has been released from a local hospital. The second deputy remains at a Salina hospital, but is out of surgery and now in stable condition.
This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.