Man suspected of shooting at trooper in western Kansas arrested in Nebraska

Richard Lee Gathercole

GOODLAND, Kan. (KSNW) – – Authorities say a man suspected of shooting at a Kansas state trooper has been arrested in south-central Nebraska.

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Richard Gathercole, of San Jacinto, California, was arrested early Tuesday morning at a gas station on the south side of Lexington. A sheriff’s deputy had spotted a pickup truck that Kansas authorities had said was stolen by a man who’d fired at the trooper Monday along Interstate 70 near Goodland. The trooper wasn’t hit.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation representative didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday.

Gathercole is charged in Nebraska with theft and with possession of stolen firearms. He remains in Dawson County Jail on Wednesday. Nebraska court records don’t list the name of his attorney.

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