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Authorities release name of man in Wilson County shooting

Updated October 7, 2010 5:00 PM CST:

Authorities today released the identity of a man killed in a Tuesday shootout with law officers in Wilson County, Kansas.

They say he was Trenten Bird, a man in his mid-20's, who had previously lived in both the Pittsburg and the Joplin, Missouri area.

Investigators say he was driving a stolen car that contained items taken in a burglary in Jasper County.

Updated October 7, 2010 12:20 PM CST:  A man shot and killed by a southeast Kansas deputy was likely involved in a home burglary and car theft the morning of his death.

Authorities say they now know the identity of the man involved in a shoot-out with a Wilson County deputy.

It happened Tuesday morning on Highway 400 between Neodesha and Fredonia.

That is where officers were called when someone reportedly fired a gun at a motorist.

A Wilson County deputy arrived at the scene and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name has not yet been released, but officials say he stole a car from a Carl Junction home, and items taken during that burglary were found inside the vehicle.

The Jasper County, Missouri sheriff's office helped southeast Kansas officials solve the case by providing information about the suspect and the burglary.

The following news release was received Thursday morning from the Jasper County Sheriff's:

A 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora, stolen during a residential burglary at [street address removed] in Carl Junction on Tuesday, October 5, was the vehicle being driven by the suspect which was shot and killed by a Wilson County Deputy Sheriff.

Other items which were stolen in the burglary were found in the vehicle at the scene of the shooting.

While Jasper County Deputies and Detectives were investigating the scene of the burglary, it was found the suspect had attempted arson on the house next door.  No injuries occurred.

The KBI has not released the name of the suspect.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is continuing to work with the KBI, providing them with any information they may need during their on-going investigation.

Updated October 6, 2010 7:10 PM CST:  Authorities have confirmed that a vehicle driven by the suspect in Tuesday's shooting was reported stolen in Jasper County, Missouri.

Updated Wednesday October 6, 2010 01:38 PM CST:  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the person involved in a shooting Tuesday still has not been identified.

Investigators are waiting for autopsy results and say it may be Thursday before any new information is released.

Updated Tuesday October 5, 2010 04:30 PM CST:  Authorities say a man inside a car on Highway 400 between Fredonia, Kansas and Neodesha reportedly fired at a passing motorist.  When an officer arrived, shots were fired and the suspect was killed.

Police are still trying to identify the suspect and his body was taken for an autopsy.

The following news release regarding the incident was received Tuesday afternoon from Robert E. Blecha, Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation:

Wilson County Officer Involved Shooting

Early this morning a law enforcement officer in Wilson County responded to a 911 call of a suspicious subject and vehicle on Highway 400 between Neodesha and Fredonia.  When the  officer arrived, gunfire was exchanged, with the subject being hit and later pronounced dead at the scene.

No law enforcement officers were injured.  The deceased has not been identified.  KDOT and KHP assisted with securing the scene and re-routing traffic.

The circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation by the KBI.  The results of the investigation will be turned over to the Wilson County Attorney.

No additional information is available at this time.

Updated October 5, 2010 03:48 PM CST:  Wilson County sheriff's officials say a man inside a car reportedly fired at a passing motorist.  When an officer arrived, shots were fired and the suspect was killed.

Law enforcement officials have turned over information to the Wilson County attorney.

County attorney Jill Chard was not in her office today and someone from her office said there would be no information released today.

We were told the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is now handling the investigation.

Police are still trying to identify the suspect and his body was taken to Topeka for an autopsy.

Updated October 5, 2010 03:06 PM CST:  Officials in Wilson County, Kansas say a sheriff's deputy pulled a car over this morning on Highway 400 between Neodesha and Fredonia.

That is when they say shots were fired.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Highway Patrol were called in to help Wilson County with this investigation.

An ambulance and the coroner were seen coming and going from the scene.

Law enforcement officials remain tight lipped about the shooting and have turned over information to the Wilson County attorney.

County Attorney Jill Chard was not in her office today and someone from her office said there would be no information released today.

Original - Tuesday October 5, 2010 12:17 PM CST

Shots are fired on a busy southeast Kansas highway during a traffic stop.

A Wilson County deputy escapes unharmed after he made a traffic stop on Highway 400 in between Neodesha and Fredonia.

Traffic is still being re-routed around the scene.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say they were called in to assist after reports of an armed suspect at mile marker 372 in Wilson County.

Wilson County authorities along with the Highway Patrol are continuing their investigation.

Officials would not comment on the armed suspect.

Sheriff Dan Bath will have more details later this afternoon.

We will post more information as it is received.

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