A traffic stop at 5 a.m. on Monday morning proved to be anything but routine for a Butler County Sheriff’s deputy.
According to reports, the deputy stopped a slow-moving vehicle on the south side of Highway 54 near Santa Fe Lake Rd., approached the car and saw two males and one female inside. He collected their identification information and returned to his patrol car to run a warrant search.
The deputy found outstanding warrants and when he returned to the car to make an arrest one of the men, Jan Tracy Kilbourne, 41, fired a shot at the deputy, striking him in the right shoulder. The deputy returned fire and authorities believe the suspect was struck by the deputy’s bullet or flying glass.
On an audio recording of the scanner, the deputy could be heard saying “I’m shot! I’m shot! I’m shot!”
The woman and the other man remained at the scene, but Kilbourne ran away.
The deputy was taken to a Wichita hospital and because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, he suffered only minor injuries. He was released from the hospital soon after, but his name has not been provided to the public.
Officers followed the blood trail, but it eventually went cold. Sheriff Kelly Herzet advised that Kilbourne was considered armed and dangerous. Residents were warned to stay inside their homes and report any suspicious activity.
Kilbourne was reported wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt and bike boots. Anyone seeing someone matching the description is warned not to approach him, but to call 911 immediately.
The manhunt has moved into the second day with the search mainly in an area bordered by Highway 54 to the south, 120th St. to the north, Santa Fe Lake Rd. to the east, and Indianola Rd. to the west.
Kilbourne is no stranger to law enforcement. The Kansas Department of Corrections website lists Kilbourne convicted on drug charges in Seward County in 2001 and in Stevens County in 2002. He served in a number of state facilities before his sentence expired in 2009.
He was then later sought on suspicion of more charges in Seward County, including drug possession, criminal threat, criminal possession of a firearm and fleeing law enforcement. He was convicted and sentenced on the charges in August 2012.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation include the Butler County Sheriff’s office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Andover and Augusta police departments, along with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.