No charges expected after Sumner County shooting
A farmer is not expected to face charges after a man was shot and killed Monday evening near South Haven.
Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said 42 year-old Joseph Lemasters of Creston, Iowa, was on the run for various crimes when he failed to pay a toll on the Kansas Turnpike earlier in the day.
Lemasters bailed out the the vehicle, fearing troopers would respond to the toll gate. Chambers said Lemasters ran into a wooded area, where deputies and troopers searched from the air and on foot.
Three hours past before Lemasters was spotted on a county road and ran near a house. Chambers said a farmer was concerned about nearby relatives, and followed Lemasters to the home.
Lemasters was spotted near an outhouse, where he confronted the farmer. Chambers said that's where the farmer, armed with a shotgun, fired and killed Lemasters in self defense.
Chambers said the case will go to the District Attorney's Office for a review. Lemasters had been considered armed and dangerous in prior incidents. Chambers said the owner of the stolen vehicle was called, and is on the way to pick it up.