Affidavit details case against man charged in shooting of Pratt store clerk

PRATT COUNTY, Kan. We are learning more about a national manhunt that ended in Kansas in early March. Alex Deaton, 28, is charged with shooting a Pratt store clerk and leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash.

Deaton is also accused of murdering two women in Mississippi and in a shooting and carjacking in New Mexico.

In the case from Pratt County, the affidavit says during the early morning hours of March 1, a Kiowa County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a white Honda Accord for speeding near mile marker 114 on U.S. Highway 54. That vehicle had been reported stolen out of Sandoval County, New Mexico. A deputy pulled the vehicle over a short distance away.

As the deputy ordered the driver to show his hands, the car sped off. According to the affidavit, deputies chased the vehicle. As the car approached the Pratt city limits, Pratt Police deployed "StopStix" to deflate the car's tires. The car continued to flee until the driver, identified as Deaton, abandoned it in the city, then fled the area on foot.

During the investigation, the affidavit says officers identified Deaton as the man who stole the car after kidnapping and shooting two people in New Mexico and robbing another.

Through the investigation in Sandoval County, NM, officers determined Deaton was armed with a .38-caliber revolver and a Glock 9 millimeter, semi-automatic handgun.

Police were searching the area for Deaton when they got a report of a clerk at a Kwik Shop who was shot and had his vehicle stolen.

The clerk was transported to Pratt Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita.

The clerk says he was working at the store when the man, matching Deaton's description, entered the store and pointed a handgun at him, demanding the keys to his black Cadillac. The affidavit says Deaton shot the clerk in the abdomen and fled in the stolen Cadillac.

Investigators received surveillance video from the Kwik Shop. The affidavit says investigation at the scene led to the recovery of a spent 9-mm shell casing.

At about 8:15 a.m. March 1, the affidavit says Kansas Highway Patrol troopers located the stolen black Cadillac and attempted to stop it. A chase ensued, ending with Deaton wrecking the vehicle in Ellsworth County. The vehicle caught fire after the crash, but there were no serious injuries. A KHP trooper says a photo taken after Deaton's arrest appeared to match surveillance footage of the man who shot the clerk at the Pratt Kwik Shop.

Further, the affidavit says, a KHP trooper stated that at the time of his arrest, Deaton was wearing a concealed holster and the trooper saw a burned Glock handgun inside the stolen Cadillac.

The affidavit says on March 1, KBI agents obtained and executed a search warrant of the Cadillac at the scene of Deaton's arrest in Ellsworth County. During this search, agents recovered a burned Glock handgun.

An undersheriff in Rankin County Miss. provided information that prior to Deaton's arrest, authorities in the county obtained and executed a search warrant at Deaton's residence, the affidavit says. The search resulted in the seizure of an empty box for a Glock 9-mm handgun. The affidavit says the serial number on the box matched the serial number on the burned Glock recovered after the crash in Ellsworth County.

Deaton is held in the Pratt County Jail on $5 million bond.