NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Harvey County attorney says a suspect who gunned down three other men in a home before being fatally shot by a police officer apparently targeted his victims. It happened in the 2100 block of North Spencer around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they found three men, identified by Harvey County Attorney David Yoder as Michael Lemons, Jason Stubby, and Nelton Lemons.
“All of them were also pronounced dead at the scene killed by gunshot wounds by the suspect. There were multiple eyewitnesses at the scene that survived and were not targeted. We believe that this was a specifically targeted attack by the suspect on these three individuals,” said Yoder.
Witnesses pointed officers in the direction the suspect ran. A Newton officer then shot the suspect, identified as David Montano, when he confronted the pursuing officers with a firearm near the home. Montano later died from his injuries at Newton Medical Center. No officers were injured.
“The case is obviously still under active investigation. Special Agents from the KBI are assisting with leading the investigation along with the KBI crime lab,” added Yoder.
When asked if drugs played a role in the shooting, Yoder wouldn’t speculate. He did say the victims and suspect were acquainted and knew each other.
“We are still interviewing persons familiar with the suspect and victims, and at this point in time, I’m not willing to release any specific motive for the killings,” added Yoder.
The North Newton Police Department, Newton Police Department, Harvey County Sheriff’s Department, and Hesston Police Department all responded to the shooting.
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