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Suspected Apprehended in Linn Co. Shooting


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The suspect connected to a shooting which occurred Friday in Blue Mound, Kan., was arrested this evening following a vehicle chase.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) special agents were working with Kansas City area police departments to locate a shooting suspect who was wanted for attempted murder. An officer from the Leawood Police Department spotted the vehicle at approximately 6:20 p.m. in the area of Roe and College. The suspect did not stop for the officer and a pursuit began. The KBI was assisted in the pursuit by the Leawood Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department, the Lenexa Police Department, the Shawnee Police Department, and the Overland Park Police Department.

Near I-435 and Wornall, the suspect crashed his vehicle and exited on foot into a wooded area. KBI agents and officers pursued him on foot, and he was arrested a short time later.

The suspect, John Butler, 35, of Lenexa, was arrested on numerous charges to include attempted murder. Nothing further will be released at this time.

LINN COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is assisting the Linn County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation into a shooting which occurred early Friday afternoon.

On Friday, July 20, at approximately 1:30 p.m., authorities responded to the report of a shooting at a residence at 604 E. Walnut Ave., in Blue Mound, Kan. Upon arrival, a male shooting victim was located, and was transported by EMS to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive his injuries, and will not be identified at this time.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office requested KBI assistance at approximately 2 p.m. Friday.

A shooting suspect was identified, and the investigation led the KBI’s High Risk Warrant Team, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mound City Police Department to conduct a tactical operation near the 500 block of Main in Mound City, Kan. between approximatley 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday. The suspect was not apprehended as a result of this operation, and the search continued overnight.

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