Deputy wounds fleeing motorist after carjacking attempt

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DIGHTON, Kan. (AP) — A western Kansas sheriff’s deputy has shot and wounded a fleeing motorist after he attempted to carjack another vehicle when two of his tires were flattened, authorities say.

A Ness County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the motorist Tuesday morning east of Ness City because he was driving a pickup truck that matched the description of one used in an armed robbery of a Dollar General store about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) away in Dighton, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in a news release.

But the driver refused to stop and headed east along Kansas 96, where deputies used tire-puncturing stop sticks. The driver kept going for several miles with flattened tires. But before his vehicle came to a complete stop, he forced a truck with a cattle trailer off the road, the release say.

The KBI says that when the motorist attempted to carjack the bystander’s truck, the deputy fired multiple shots, wounding the suspect. He was flown to a Wichita hospital, where he underwent surgery. The release says he is expected to survive.

The release says authorities are working to confirm the man’s identity. A woman who was in the truck with him was detained and questioned.