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Double murder suspect killed in shootout; more details released

Updated October 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 17, 2013 BY THE KANSAS BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m., as part of an extensive manhunt for Kevin Welsh, wanted for two counts of 1st degree murder and attempted 1stdegree murder, agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were investigating a building near 8th and Poplar in Eureka, Kansas.  A passing law enforcement officer had noticed the entrance to the unoccupied structure was tampered with from the last time it had been checked.  Agents contacted the owner of the building and obtained consent to conduct a search.

Initial information indicates KBI Agents clearing the building encountered Welsh, who pointed a handgun at the agents, causing the agents to engage with lethal force. Welsh was shot by the agents, provided first aide and then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10:00 p.m.

In accordance with KBI policy, a thorough investigation of the incident is being conducted including crime scene investigation, autopsy and interviews of witnesses.  The Greenwood County Attorney, Joe Lee, will appoint a special prosecutor to review the investigation. Once the investigation is completed additional information will be released.

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Updated October 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 16, 2013 AT 11:37 PM BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

AG Schmidt statement on Eureka shooting

TOPEKA – (October 16, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt tonight issued the following statement:

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has informed the Attorney General's Office of a shooting earlier this evening involving Kevin Robert Welsh, the suspect in an Oct. 2 double murder, and KBI agents near 8th and Poplar in Eureka, Kan.

Welsh was pronounced dead at a hospital in Eureka at 10:11 p.m. The KBI will release further information as details are confirmed. Future Media inquiries should be directed to Kyle Smith with the KBI at (785) 296-8200.

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UPDATED OCTOBER 9, 2013 AT 5:00 PM CST - NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

Governor Brownbackauthorizes reward for information leadingto capture of Kevin Robert Welsh

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback todayissued an executive order authorizing a $5,000 reward for information leadingto the apprehension of fugitive Kevin Robert Welsh.

Welsh iswanted in connection with the deaths of two individuals and shooting of a thirdin Eureka, Kan., on Oct. 2.  He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

"I encourageanyone with knowledge of this crime or the suspect to immediately contact theGreenwood County Sheriff's office or the KBI," Governor Brownback said.

The rewardwas authorized at the request of the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Attorney General's office. Anyone withinformation relating to this crime should immediately contact the GreenwoodCounty Sheriff's Office at 620-583-5568 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigationat 1-800-KSCRIME. 

ExecutiveOrder 13-03 was filed today with the Secretary of State's office and iseffective immediately. In accordance with K.S.A 75-113:

WHEREAS The Greenwood County Sheriff's Officeand the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are investigating a double homicide thatoccurred in Greenwood County; and

WHEREAS,the Greenwood CountySheriff's Office is working with local, state, and federal resources to locateKevin Robert Welsh in connection with the investigation; and

WHEREAS,I have been informedby the KBI that Kevin Robert Welsh was last known to be armed with at least onefirearm and is considered to be a clear danger to the public and to anyoneattempting to apprehend him; and

WHEREAS,the Greenwood CountySheriff's Office and the KBI believe that a Governor's Reward would facilitatethe information gathering process and improve the likelihood of apprehendingKevin Robert Welsh before he commits another serious offense; 

NOW,THEREFORE, by virtueof the authority vested in me as the Governor of the State of Kansas by K.S.A.75-113, I do hereby offer a reward of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) forinformation leading to the apprehension of Kevin Robert Welsh.

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UPDATED OCTOBER 9, 2013 AT 11:48 AM CST - NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 9, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF THE KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Attorney General's Office statement on Greenwood County investigation

TOPEKA – (October 9, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office today released the following statement:

The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies, continues to search for 35-year-old Kevin Robert Welsh of Toronto, Kan. Welsh is wanted in connection with the deaths of Keith and Sheila Kriesel, Eureka, and the shooting of Catherine Scheff, Eureka, on October 2, 2013. Welsh is believed to be armed and may still be in Greenwood County.

The investigation is ongoing. Law enforcement requests the assistance of the public in obtaining information to aid in apprehending Welsh. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-KS-CRIME (1-800-572-7463) or 911.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office will assume responsibility for any resulting prosecution. The Greenwood County Attorney has requested this assistance.

Any public comments on the investigation and prosecution are governed by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor. All media requests or inquiries should be directed to Don Brown, Communications Director, Office of the Attorney General, 120 S.W. 10th, 2nd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66612, 785-296-2215.

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POSTED OCTOBER 7, 2013:  The manhunt continues for a suspect in two murders near Eureka, Kansas.

Kevin Welsh is suspected of shooting his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend, her 52-year-old mother and her 54-year-old stepfather.

The shootings happened last Wednesday evening in a home near Eureka.  That's where authorities found the bodies of the mother and stepfather.

Welsh's ex-girlfriend had tried to go for help but crashed her car.  She is now in critical condition in a Wichita hospital.

If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office at (620) 583-5568.

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