Suspect identified in Ellsworth County officer-involved shooting

The KBI is investigating and looking for more evidence relating to the Ellsworth County officer-involved shooting. (KSN Photo)
The KBI is investigating and looking for more evidence relating to the Ellsworth County officer-involved shooting. (KSN Photo)

ELLSWORTH, COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Ellsworth County that left one wounded. It happened around 6:45 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 156 between Holyrood and Ellsworth.

According to the KBI, multiple law officers were involved in a chase with a possible armed suspect, identified Friday as Alberto Garcia-Tapia. During the chase, three officers from two jurisdictions fired at Garcia.

Garcia was transported by EMS and later flown to a hospital in Wichita where he is reportedly in stable

Alberto Garcia-Tapia
Alberto Garcia-Tapia

condition.

Ellsworth County Attorney Joe Shepack told KSN that Garcia will be charged with felony fleeing an officer, aggravated assault and felony DUI.

Shepack said Garcia has been arrested before and is known to local officers.

In 2008, he was convicted of DUI and fleeing a law enforcement officer in 2008. He was also convicted of aggravated battery and assault in 2005. Garcia also served time for a 2005 aggravated battery and assault. He was released from behind bars last September.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the event. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Officials said no further information will be released.

 

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