Search for man suspected of shooting deputy continues in Cowley County

Cowley County Search

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COWLEY COUNTY, Kansas – Cowley County authorities say the man accused of shooting a Butler County Sheriff’s deputy may have been spotted.

The new search for Jan Tracy Kilbourne started Wednesday morning.

Kilbourne’s suspected of shooting at a Butler County Sheriff’s deputy during a car stop Monday.

The original manhunt was called off, but a woman thought she saw Kilbourne at her farmhouse several miles east of Udall. It is near K-15 and US-77.

As she was going through the front door of the home, she saw a man running out the back door.

It set into motion a manhunt. Nearly 40 officers from dozens of agencies are scouring the countryside. The Kansas Highway Patrol even put a helicopter in the air.

Officers say there are plenty of spots to hide as the area is heavily wooded.

Police aren’t sure it is Kilbourne.

“We wanted to be cautious about this because we got a guy that shot a cop up in Butler County and, because these two events are so close in time and space, we didn’t want to assume anything, but on safety’s sake we want to make sure that we’re prepared,” said Jeff Moore, Cowley County Undersheriff.

With the scene close to Butler County, they continue to track the suspect.

“We are really lucky in Cowley County because we have some people trained in the art of human tracking. They have picked what they call a line of sign in several places. They are following that line of sign,” said Moore.

The search has spread.

It is now a mile south.

Officials will not comment if he took anything out of the farmhouse or if he has restocked on ammunition, food or water.

But they do think they have found his trail and are tracking it.

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