Man arrested, search for second suspect continues after Winfield shooting

WINFIELD, Kan. (KWCH) Monday Dec. 10, 2018

The Winfield Police Department says it's arrested one man, but are working to identify a second suspect in a Friday afternoon shooting.

A little after 2 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7), police say officers and members of Winfield Fire/EMS responded to the 500 block of St. James Court in response to a shooting.

There, they found a 26-year-old man with multiple wounds. That man was transported to a Wichita hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

During the investigation, officers learned there were two suspects involved in the shooting. Members from the Cowley County Sheriff's Office, the Sumner County Sheriff's Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Southern Kansas Special Weapons and Tactics Team responded to assist Winfield police.

Police arrested 20-year-old Deasian Fair, of Wichita and booked him into the Cowley County Jail on charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

"Investigators are still actively investigating this incident and are following up on leads to identify the second suspect in this incident," police say. "As the investigation unfolds, additional criminal charges are possible."


Friday night, Dec. 7, 2018

A Winfield man recovers at a local hospital as the search for two suspects in connection with the Friday afternoon shooting in Winfield continues.

The Friday afternoon shooting call led to Winfield's schools going on lockdown as policed searched for suspects. People living in the area were also advised to shelter in place after the shooting reported about 2 p.m.

Police remained on the scene near the Cantebury Village Apartments, speaking with people who live in the area, trying to piece together what led up to the moment a man was shot at the apartment complex.

Police say officers will also speak with the man wounded in that shooting. For now, they're asking to watch for the two suspects that remain at large.

After speaking with witnesses, police say there is no threat to the public as they believe the shooting was an isolated incident.

Friday evening, Eyewitness News spoke with a family who lives a few buildings down from where the shooting happened. Though police say the shooting wasn't a random crime, the family says it's difficult not to be afraid while the suspects are on the loose.

Police provided rough descriptions of the suspects Friday, and we're told they're working to provide photos of them.


5:26 p.m.

Winfield Interim Police Chief Robbie Delong said lockdowns have been lifted following the search continues for the men who shot another man near the Cantebury Village Apartments.

He said around 2:06 p.m., officers were called to the shooitng in the 500 block of St. James Court. One man had been shot. He was taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment. He didn't know his condition.

Delong said witnesses told his investigators two men fled from the scene, and it was believed they were armed.

He said at this time, investigators don't believe the incident was random and there is no threat to the public.

He said his department has received numerous tips and will work to get out photos as the investigation unfolds.

Delong said as a precaution he advised an elementary school located a few blocks away to lock down. He said once that happened, all of the schools were placed on lockdown.

4:26 p.m.

Winfield schools have lifted a lockdown and is dismissing students.

A search for two shooting suspects led to the lockdown. Winfield dispatchers say the search remains active.

3:44 p.m.

All Winfield school are on lockdown while authorities search for two men assumed to be armed and dangerous.

Cowley County Communications shared a post on Facebook that said the Winfield police and the sheriff's office are looking for two shooting suspects in the area of Canterbury Village on E. 12th.

They've advised residents in the area to shelter in place and secure their residences.

The suspects are believed to be two African-American males. One is wearing a white hoodie and red sweatpants with a gold backpack and the other is wearing a grey hoodie and grey sweatpants with a large fuzzy hat.

Anyone who sees something is asked to call 911 immediately.