July 28, 2014

Gardner duo shot, arrested following Wichita-area car chase

A Gardner man is in critical condition after allegedly shooting at a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy being shot by a Kansas state trooper in Sedgwick County March 11.

The 33-year-old sheriff’s deputy has been upgraded to fair condition following surgery on Monday.

Jason C. Perez, 35 of Gardner, is in serious condition. His companion during the incident, Clara C. Crosser, 27, also of Gardner, is being held in the Butler County jail on two counts of attempted first degree murder.

According to media reports, officers began pursuing a white vehicle traveling at high speed on northbound on Interstate 135 near Wichita at approximately 6:15 p.m. on March 11.

In addition to a driver, there was a female passenger in the car. The duo did not pull over for police, and a several-minute chase ensued. The vehicle came to a stop, appearing to be disabled in a rural location southeast of Potwin, Kan.

The suspects took off on foot. At one point, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy reported being shot and in need of assistance.

The duo attempted to steal a vehicle and fired and hit a law enforcement car. They fired at state troopers and Butler County deputies. A state trooper fired one round that hit Perez.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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