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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Police pursue suspect into Missouri

  • Leavenworth police pursued a man who was wanted in connection to a homicide into Missouri Tuesday afternoon. The chase ultimately ended near St. Joseph, Mo., when the suspect crashed, law enforcement officials said.
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  • Leavenworth police pursued a man who was wanted in connection to a homicide into Missouri Tuesday afternoon. The chase ultimately ended near St. Joseph, Mo., when the suspect crashed, law enforcement officials said.
    Authorities were pursuing a 27-year-old man who is a homicide suspect in Neosho County, Kan., according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Nicodemus said the Leavenworth Police Department had received information Monday that the suspect might be in the area.
    "We had been looking for him," Nicodemus said.
    At about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Leavenworth police attempted to stop the man in the area of 20th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. He was driving a Ford Explorer.
    The suspect reportedly led police on a pursuit east on Metropolitan Avenue across the Centennial Bridge into Missouri. Nicodemus said the suspect turned onto the Missouri 45 Spur before heading north on Missouri 45 Highway.
    The chase ended on U.S. 50 at the city limits to St. Joseph, Mo., according Buchanan County Sheriff Mike Strong.
    The suspect was thrown from his vehicle during the crash.
    "It's not looking very good for him," Strong said Tuesday afternoon.
    He said a woman passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle. She also was taken to the hospital.
    Nicodemus said Leavenworth police officers had continued to pursue the suspect in Missouri, chasing him all the way until the point of the crash.
    "We had some assistance from Missouri agencies along the way," Nicodemus said, including the Weston Police Department and the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department.
    Nicodemus said the suspect traveled at high speeds during the pursuit.
    The suspect's name was not immediately released Tuesday.
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