Murder Suspect Kevin Welsh Killed In Eureka Shootout

By: KAKE/ KWCH (Update Posted by Ralph Hipp)
By: KAKE/ KWCH (Update Posted by Ralph Hipp)

EUREKA, Kansas (KAKE/ WIBW) - On the run for two weeks, law enforcement authorities were able to surround double murder suspect Kevin Welsh in Eureka, Kansas Wednesday night. He was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire at a building described as a combination of a barn and a garage where he was hiding last night.

The Kansas Attorney General's office confirmed that Welsh died in a Eureka hospital at 10:11pm Wednesday.

Welsh, who was 35, was sought for arrest and questioning in the shooting attack that seriously injured his former girlfriend. The woman's mother and stepfather were killed in the October 2nd Greenwood County shooting.

Residents tell Wichita television station KAKE-TV that last night's siege began around 9:30pm, with police surrounded the building near 9th and Poplar in Eureka and they heard several gunshots fired.

Just two days earlier, authorities blocked off an area of Eureka for several hours, while they surrounded a building in which they believed Welsh was hiding. The effort came up empty at what appeared to a local laundromat.

On the final day of the manhunt, another $6,000 had been added to the reward fund for tips leading to Welsh's capture and arrest. That total reached $11,000 -- $5,000 is a Governor's Reward; $5,000 from an anonymous private donor; and $1,000 from Greenwood Co. Crime Stoppers.

It has not been reported if anyone is eligible for the reward, or how police were able to track Welsh to the building where the shots were exchanged.

Our sister station KAKE-TV is in Eureka. We will provide updates as they become available.

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