Butler County Times Gazette
  • UPDATE: Sheriff Herzet: Regrouping today and focusing on suspect's ties to Seward County

  • Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet advises manhunt will take a different focus today
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  • Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet advised the Gazette this morning that he would not be pulling resources today to the same search area that was combed thoroughly yesterday in the manhunt for shooting suspect Jan Tracy Kilbourne.
    "We had over 100 officers, 12 dog teams, two helicopters and additional ground search people from Cowley County. If he's in there, he's hidden very well," Sheriff Herzet continued, "We're regrouping today. I've got District 3 officers and extra patrol in the area. We received phone calls all night long from residents requesting that their barns and out buildings be searched. We're working with the KBI on his (Kilbourne) ties to Seward County."
    Herzet also reported that names and contacts are being pulled from a cell phone apparently left behind to assist in the investigation.
    "He might be working his way back to the Liberal and Hugoton area. He's a survivalist and has run from the police in the past."
    Sheriff Herzet reported that the deputy who was shot is doing "great and at home in El Dorado. His mother arrived from Ft. Scott and he is in good spirits. He is experiencing a little pain, but he is athletic and in good shape."
    The deputy's name still has not been released.
    The Gazette will provide any further updates when available.

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