Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Patrol Deputy Stephen Evans

Chad Frey
Butler County Times Gazette

In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, Governor Laura Kelly has ordered flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Nov.1 in honor of Butler County Patrol Deputy Stephen Evans.

Butler County Deputy Sheriff Stephen Evans

Deputy Evans was killed in a car crash while on duty for the City of Burns on October 25, 2021. Services will be held Monday, November 1, 2021.

"My thoughts are with Deputy Evans' wife, children, and loved ones during this difficult time," said Governor Laura Kelly. "Deputy Evans served his community with compassion - I know his legacy will not be forgotten."

On Monday, October 25, 2021, just before 5 p.m., Stephen Evans (44), a patrol deputy for the Butler County Kansas Sheriff’s Office, also a part-time police officer for the City of Burns, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the 5200 Block of NW Hwy 77, El Dorado, Kansas while on duty for the City of Burns.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash with the assistance of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Burns Police Department vehicle, driven by Evans, was traveling southbound and attempted a U-turn on Highway 77 and was struck in the driver’s side door by a pick-up truck that was also traveling southbound on Highway 77.

Deputies and other first responders attempted resuscitation efforts but Evans was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pick-up was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver’s identity has not been released.

Evans leaves behind a wife and three children. Funeral services are pending at this time