WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Ford County and Clark County Sheriff’s Offices released the names of three officers who were injured in a shooting in Dodge City earlier this week.
A press release said the two injured deputies are Ford County Deputies Gary Salmans and Brandon Hornback.
Sheriff says Salmans was hit by shrapnel. He received treatment at a local hospital and was released on Monday afternoon. Hornback was shot and taken to a Wichita hospital, where he underwent surgery.
The third deputy was identified by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as Undersheriff Wallace Long. He was also shot and taken to Wichita, where he received treatment.
“All three men are said to be well and are currently recovering from their injuries at home, surrounded by family and friends,” the press release read.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) says Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed a blue Toyota Tundra driving through Minneola on Monday. The Tundra matched the description of a vehicle linked to a double homicide in Phoenix, Arizona.
Officers chased the vehicle north towards Dodge City. Deputies from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol joined in the pursuit. Once the suspect’s vehicle stopped, gunfire was exchanged. The shooting occurred between US Highway 50 and 113 Road, also known as Wyatt Earp Boulevard.
The KBI says suspect Leroy D. Malone, 39, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman received multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where she is in critical condition.
The sheriff’s officers involved in the shooting are all on paid administrative leave pending further investigation. The investigation is ongoing.