Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sumner County farmer kills fugitive from Iowa

SUMNER COUNTY, Kansas -- A farmer shot and killed a 42-year-old fugitive in rural Sumner County Monday evening.

Around 5 p.m. Monday...a farmer called the Sumner County Sheriff's Office to report he'd seen Lamasters.  [Lamsters was the wanted fugitive]

"The farmer had advised us that he had confronted the individual and had him at gunpoint and the individual took off running," said Chambers. "At that point, the farmer did not feel threatened and allowed the individual to run away."
Note that the farmer did the right thing here.  If an individual running away from you, he is not a threat.  There is no reason to use deadly force.
But as the man ran away, the farmer realized he was heading toward a relative's home where a woman might be home alone.

The farmer took his 17-year-old son and a shotgun with him to check the relative's house east of the Kansas Turnpike about 5:30 p.m.

The relatives were not home, so the farmer and his son decided to check the relative's outbuildings.

He found the man hiding in one of the buildings.

"The individual jumped out from behind a pile of feed sacks, told the farmer he was going to kill him and attacked," said Chambers. "As he attacked, the farmer shot him. The individual was deceased right there."

The son witnessed the shooting and corroborated the events to authorities.

The sheriff will present the case to the district attorney, but he does not expect the farmer will be arrested or charged. The DA's office is expected to make a decision by early next week.

 Meanwhile, the sheriff says it was a case of self-defense and the farmer is very shaken up about it.

"I hate to see him in this position, but he did what he felt like he had to do," said Chambers. "He wanted to protect his family."

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