SMITH COUNTY – The 15-year-old who was injured in the Dec. 15 officer-involved shooting incident in Smith Center has been arrested.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents served an arrest warrant for the teen at around 5 p.m. Thursday at Saint Francis Community Services in Salina where he had been held since his release from a Kearney, Neb., hospital. The juvenile was arrested for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Following his arrest, the suspect was transported to the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility where he will be housed.
Additional charges are possible.
On the morning of Dec. 15, the Smith County Sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call from a rural area north of Smith Center. Upon arrival, they located a 66-year-old woman who reported being restrained, beaten and strangled. She was taken to the hospital.
The suspect, 15-year-old black male, fled the area on horseback.
When he was located by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers he was armed with a firearm.
KHP and Smith County Sheriff’s deputies spent a few hours attempting to apprehend the suspect. Just before 2:20 p.m. the suspect fired at troopers. Two troopers returned fire, striking the subject. No law enforcement officers were injured.
They rendered medical aid and EMS responded.
The identity of the suspect is being withheld because he is a juvenile.