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  • Cell phone technology leads to arrest of Kilbourne on capital murder charge

  • Cell phone technology led to the arrest of Jan Tracy Kilbourne, who was wanted in connection with the shooting of a Butler County Sheriff's deputy earlier this week.
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  • Cell phone technology led to the arrest of Jan Tracy Kilbourne, who was wanted in connection with the shooting of a Butler County Sheriff's deputy earlier this week.
    Sheriff Kelly Herzet recounted the events leading up to his arrest early this morning at a press conference today.
    At 2:40 a.m. in the 700 block of S. Terrace in Wichita Kilbourne was taken into custody.
    "This was done by cell phone technology and good old fashioned police work and chasing down leads," Herzet said.
    Yesterday there were detectives in Liberal still chasing down leads with the help of KBI and Seward County Sheriff's office.
    "They did develop some cell phone numbers which turned out to be associates of Kilbourne's and by chasing down those cell phone leads we were able to get information that he was in the Wichita area," Herzet said.
    They were able to ping those numbers to get a location.
    Then at 11 p.m. Herzet received information Kilbourne was in Hutchinson so law enforcement went to a motel and did surveillance. Upon making entry into the room, they found Kilbourne was not in the room, rather two other people who matched the description.
    Then at 2:40 a.m. Kilbourne was found hiding in a car in the back of the residence. As officers approached he jumped out of the car and ran and was taken into custody by the Wichita SCAT team.
    "I was afraid as others were working on the case once we did find him he would go out in a blaze of glory," Herzet said.
    But he was taken into custody without incident.
    Herzet said Kilbourne now had a beard, was wearing a wig, and had on jeans and no shirt.
    He is being treated at a local hospital from a gunshot wound to the left hip area.
    Herzet said he seemed to be in good spirits and did not appear to have been out in the elements for three to four days. Although he is not talking.
    After being treated, he will be booked into the Butler County jail on attempted capital murder, felony obstruction and felony possession of a firearm.
    Herzet is pleased with the capture of Kilbourne, saying they have had officers up over 27 hours working on the search.
    "Anytime you have a law enforcement officer shot in the line of duty, you want to catch that suspect," he said.
    Numerous law enforcement agencies joined in the search.
    Herzet said the investigation is on-going and they are waiting on a search warrant for the residence at which Kilbourne was located. That residence is known for drug use and it is believed Kilbourne knew people there. Officials are still searching for the weapon.
    Page 2 of 2 - The other two who had been in the car with Kilbourne at the time of the shooting were questioned by the Andover Police and released.
    It is unknown at this time if Kilbourne was the man in the home in Cowley County.
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