Sumner County authorities say a farmer shot and killed a man in a rural part of the county. The shooting happened around 5:30 Monday night in the 800 block of east 140th St. South. That's near the town of South Haven.
The Sumner County Sheriff Department says a man didn't pay a toll on the Kansas Turnpike. When state troopers approached the vehicle, the driver got out of it and ran. Officials warned farmers in the area to look out for that man.
Later in the evening, a farmer, who was armed with a shotgun, spotted the man on his property. That man ran away. The farmer told deputies he thought the man was going to break into a house that belonged to his relatives. After confronting the man, the farmer says the man made a threatening remark and attacked him. After a short struggle, the farmer shot him.
"It's not going to be eay for him for a while, I hate to see him in this position," said Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers. "But, he did what he felt like he had to do and protect his family. His son was right there. One of the things he said to me was that 'I felt fear for my son's life as well.'"
The man died at the scene. An autopsy will be performed on the man today as authorities continue their investigation.
The sheriff says he had drug warrants in Iowa.