"Tragic but justified" | Co. Attorney won't press charges in Alma killing

Published: Mar. 22, 2018 at 4:52 PM CDT
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No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a 36-year-old man last month in Wabaunsee Co.

The Wabaunsee Co. Attorney’s Office said the death of Chad Thomas-Buckbee was a “tragic but justified self-defense shooting.”

Officers found Thomas-Buckbee suffering from gunshot wounds shortly before midnight, on February 1, when they responded to his home in the 100 block of W. 11th St., in Alma. He was rushed to Wamego Community Hospital where he later died.

In explaining his decision not to press charges, Co. Attorney Tim Liesmann said Thomas-Buckbee became aggressive toward a family member, who then tried to lock him out of the house. Thomas-Buckbee managed to get back inside the home, where he injured a family member before being shot.

Liesmann did not identify the shooter or the person who was injured, saying he was honoring a request from the family.

The Alma City Marshal and the Kansas Highway Patrol also assisted in the investigation.

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