By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty western Kansas deputy has shot and wounded a 23-year-old man.

Sheriff Kevin Bascue said in a news release that the shooting happened Sunday night when deputies were sent to assist a suicidal white man in northeast Finney County. The Hutchinson News ( reports that the deputies were told that an off-duty deputy who lives in the area would be responding because neighbors had contacted him.

The off-duty white deputy arrived in his personal vehicle and was approached on foot by the man, who was carrying a gun.

The release says the deputy fired two shots from his handgun, striking the man once in the leg. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

The deputy is on paid administrative leave.


Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

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