Wyandotte & Leavenworth

Wounded man found on floor of travel trailer in Leavenworth County dies

Updated: 2013-12-24T01:01:28Z

A Leavenworth County man was charged Monday with second-degree murder after a fatal shooting over the weekend.

Deputies responding to a reported disturbance found 58-year-old Richard Luse wounded in a travel trailer in a rural area shortly after midnight Saturday at a house in the 19000 block of Springdale Road, west of Leavenworth.

On Monday, 48-year-old Jeffery Sifford was charged with recklessly and unintentionally murdering Luse, said Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County attorney.

According to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office:

After arriving, deputies found a man, Sifford, lying in the snow outside the house. After detaining him, deputies checked a travel trailer behind the main house. Inside was a man, Luse, lying on the floor with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Luse was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Deputies questioned a second man, a possible witness, about the fatal shooting. The man was being held in the Leavenworth County jail on charges not related to the homicide.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com and Matt Campbell mcampbell@kcstar.com

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