By Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2020

MATFIELD GREEN, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has shot and critically wounded an armed man amid a confrontation after his vehicle became disabled during a pursuit.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that the chase started Thursday afternoon after troopers encountered 40-year-old Dustin Schultz-Bergin at the Matfield Green Service Area, a toll road rest stop along Interstate 35 in Chase County.

The KBI says the pursuit ended when tire-puncturing stop sticks were placed in his path. Preliminary information indicates that after Schultz-Bergin exited his disabled vehicle, there was a confrontation that led one of the two troopers on the scene to fire shots, the KBI said. A police dog also bit him. No other details were released about the confrontation.

Schultz-Bergin, who is from the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, was taken to a Wichita hospital.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show that he had past convictions for drug possession and identify theft. He was freed in October.

The KBI described him as “wanted” in the news release but didn’t elaborate. The agency said it wasn’t releasing any additional information.

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