UPDATE: 2 Jewell Co., Kan. deputies shot, suspect shoots and kills himself

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JEWELL CO., Kan. (WIBW) The Kansas Highway Patrol says the suspect who shot two Jewell Co. Sheriff's Deputies took his own life.

KHP says Jason Lee Whitson walked into the Jewell Co. Sheriff's Office at 7:49 a.m. Tuesday, and opened fired. He shot one deputy in the neck and another in the torso.

"He walked up to the dispatch desk and requested to talk to a deputy. As a sheriff’s deputy approached to speak with him, Whitson fired multiple times through a door that led into the dispatch room. Two deputies were injured during the shooting. No law enforcement officers discharged their firearms," said a news release from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The Jewell Co. Sheriff's Office says one deputy was treated and released. The other was taken by air ambulance to a Salina Hospital and had surgery. The deputy is now in stable condition.

Just after 8:45 a.m., KHP says Whitson was spotted in a gold Minivan on Hwy. 24 heading east near the town of Glasco.

Officials say Whitson ignored a trooper's commands to pull over and continued on at a normal speed.

KHP says Whitson stopped just after 9 a.m. on Hwy. 81 near Minneapolis and let a woman and several children out of the van before taking off again. None of them was injured.

Two minutes later, KHP stopped the van using a PIT maneuver on US-81, just south of Minneapolis, causing it to spin off the road. Whitson was found inside the van with a self-inflicted gunshot and was rushed to a Salina hospital in very critical condition, and later died.

Whitson was not an inmate in Jewell County, as was previously reported.

The superintendent of Rock Hills Schools said their district was on lockdown Tuesday morning because of the shooting. They returned to regular procedures around 9:30 a.m.

During the search, authorities described Whitson as 6'3", about 180 lbs., with a bald head and multiple tattoos.

The Jewell Co. Courthouse will be closed for the rest of the day Tuesday, and reopen Wednesday.

Governor Jeff Colyer Tweeted after learning about the shooting, saying, "I'm praying for a full recovery for the two Jewell County deputies shot in the line of duty earlier this morning. We appreciate the service rendered by all law enforcement officers, and thank them for their bravery."


This is a developing story, check back for updates as information becomes available.