Deputy, suspect injured in officer-involved shooting in Salina

Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 6:18 PM CST
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12:21 a.m.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the suspect injured in an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday in Salina as 24-year-old Colt Wright.

The KBI says Wright was taken into surgery at the Salina Regional Hospital after an armed carjacking, police pursuit and shooting.

The KBI says a deputy from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office was wounded when debris from a round fired by Wright struck the vehicle and injured the deputy's face.

The deputy was treated and released from the hospital. No update was given on Wright's condition.


9:28 p.m.

The Salina Police Department says an armed carjacking led to a police pursuit Tuesday evening.

Chief Brad Nelson said the carjacking happened around 5:12 p.m. at the Kwik Shop on Schilling Road.

Sixteen minutes later, a Salina police officer saw the stolen vehicle on Magnolia and tried to stop it. Nelson said the suspect backed up and rammed the officer on Magnolia and 9th Street. The officer's vehicle was disabled and the suspect left the scene in the stolen vehicle. The officer was not hurt.

Deputies from the Saline County Sheriffs Department spotted the vehicle at 5:32 p.m. and pursued it. Nelson says and the suspect fired multiple rounds at law enforcement during the pursuit.

At 5:59 p.m., the suspect crashed at the intersection of Whitmore and Country Club Road. Nelson says the suspect got out of the vehicle with a gun and a deputy and Salina officer fired their duty weapons.

The suspect was taken into custody at 5:59 p.m. then transported to Salina Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

A deputy suffered minor injuries during the pursuit and was also taken to the hospital and was treated and released. No no one else was hurt.

Nelson did not identify the suspect.

He said the KBI will now investigate the officer-involved shooting.


6:18 p.m.

Trooper Ben Gardner with the Kansas Highway Patrol says a suspect is no longer at large following chase in Salina

Around 6:10 p.m., Gardner tweeted out that multiple troopers had responded to assist law enforcement from Salina with a vehicle pursuit where shots had been fired.

He advised people to stay Country Club and Whitmore Road.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for updates on-air and online at and the KWCH app.