Update 7:30 p.m. with release from KBI

SMITH COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attempted murder of a woman in Smith County, as well as an officer involved shooting which occurred as police attempted to apprehend the 15-year-old suspect.

Preliminary information indicates that on Dec. 15 just after 10:20 a.m., the Smith County Sheriff received a 911 call, and responded to 10021 O Road in Smith Center. Upon arriving, they located a 66-year-old white female victim who reported being restrained, beaten, and strangled. She was taken to a local hospital, and is expected to recover.

The suspect, a15-year-old black male, fled the area on horseback. When he was located by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers at 100 Road and L Road, in Smith County, he was armed with a firearm. KHP and Smith County Sheriff’s deputies spent a few hours attempting to apprehend the suspect. Then just before 2:20 p.m. the suspect fired at troopers. Two troopers returned fire, striking the subject.

They rendered medical aid and EMS responded. EMS transported him to a local hospital. He was then flown to a Kearney, Nebraska hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition is currently unknown. The identity of the subject will be withheld because he is a juvenile.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

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Update 6 p.m. with information from KHP

SMITH COUNTY — A suspect in an attempted homicide was shot after a search that lasted around four hours Saturday through rural Smith County.

According to information from Trooper Tod Hileman, public information officer for Troop D of the Kansas Highway Patrol, the patrol was called to assist at about 10:39 a.m. The suspect fled the scene and ground units and KHP aircraft began a search in northwest Smith County with multiple agencies responding.

The suspect was reportedly on horseback between N and M roads and 100 and 110th roads and at one point raised a firearm at law enforcement, according to traffic on law enforcement scanner channels. 

The suspect was located in a wooded area where at about 2:30 p.m., he fired a weapons at troopers, according to Hileman. They returned fire and the suspect was struck. He was transported to Smith County Memorial Hospital and a request was made for air transport to a Nebraska hospital, according to scanner traffic.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation, according to Hileman.

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SMITH CENTER — An active shooter search in rural Smith County ended after several hours Saturday afternoon with the suspect suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.

Multiple agencies including K-9 and air support from the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the situation, according to scanner traffic.

The suspect was reportedly on horseback between N and M roads and 100 and 110th roads in the northern part of the county and at one point raised a firearm at law enforcement.

Around 2:30 p.m., scanner traffic indicated shots had been fired and soon after was a report the suspect had a gunshot wound to the chest.

Information was not immediately available as to whether the suspect was shot by law enforcement of if it was a self-inflected wound. The suspect was transported to Smith County Memorial Hospital and a request was made for transport to a Nebraska hospital, according to scanner traffic.