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One man is in custody after his attempted car theft led to a multi-county manhunt.
Harvey County deputies were called to 18305 West U.S. Highway 50 just before 6 a.m. Wednesday after a business owner of Southwest Wheels reported someone was stealing a truck.
When the business owner went outside to check other property, he found another man in a shed, trying to steal a truck. The suspect tried to hit the owner with the truck, but the owner fired a shotgun at the truck. The suspect crashed, and the owner fired a second blast at the man as he tried to get out of the truck.
The suspect ran, but police got a call about an hour later that a minivan was stolen from a home in the 17,000 block of SW 24th. That van was found in a creek area in Sedgwick County near 215th Street and 109th.
Several police agencies began a search, including Harvey County, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. The suspect was found by K-9 units about five miles from where the van was found. The 35-year-old man was taken into custody and taken to the hospital for treatment of shotgun pellet wounds from the business owner in Harvey County.
Investigators found a motorcycle taken from the business in Harvey County in a ditch near the business. Another intended auto theft of a pickup had loaded the bed with tools and equipment, but it never was taken off the owner's property.