An individual waving a gun and the following high-speed chase put northern Barber County and southern Pratt County residents on alert Sunday afternoon as law enforcement officers worked an incident that ended in suicide.
One person died after a high speed chase in Barber County late Sunday afternoon ended near Elm Mills, just south of the Pratt County line, near U.S. Highway 281.
Kansas Highway Patrol Public Resource Officer Chad Crittendon said the person involved in the incident died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a high speed car chase that started west of Medicine Lodge.
The incident started around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when Barber County sheriff’s officers responded to a report of a man waving a gun outside a vehicle. The man fled the scene in a 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Kansas Highway Patrol officers joined the pursuit and one made contact with the driver by cell phone and tried to get him to stop the vehicle. The driver never stopped and continued at a high rate of speed on U.S. 281, Crittendon said.
Pratt County sheriff officers traveled to Barber County to offer assistance.
According to scanner traffic, the subject drove around stop sticks and eventually lost control and ended up in a wheat field at Elm Mills, north of Medicine Lodge near the Pratt County Line around 5:30 p.m.
The subject was transported to Pratt Regional Medical Center after the self-inflicted gunshot wound, Crittendon said.
There were no reports of any injuries to deputies or KHP officers.
According to a KWCH report, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.