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Gardner residents pursued in chase that wounded deputy and one suspect

On the Sedgwick County emergency radio traffic, the deputy’s voice sounds urgent.

“Shots fired!” he blurts out and repeats the words.

After a 12-minute high-speed chase in three counties, he’s just been hit by shotgun pellets on his right side.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter breaks in: “Where you hit at? … Keep talking to us.”

“Uh, can’t see out of my right eye,” the deputy answers, and his voice quickly trails off.

The dialogue can be heard in a recording of radio traffic from the Monday night incident, which involved a white Cadillac carrying a man and a woman from Gardner. The man was shot by a state trooper who came to the deputy’s aid, and the man remained in serious condition Tuesday.

The deputy has been released from the hospital after undergoing eye surgery.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet identified the male suspect as Jason C. Perez, 35, of Gardner. Perez was on probation or intensive supervision by Johnson County community corrections officials.

The other suspect, Clara C. Crosser, 27, of Gardner, was treated at a hospital and released and is being held in jail on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Herzet said.

Authorities said the chase began about 6:15 p.m. after the Sedgwick County deputy saw the Cadillac traveling on Interstate 35 at a high speed, weaving in and out of traffic, and began to pursue it. Speeds approached 120 miles an hour.

The Cadillac stopped southeast of Potwin, and the deputy noticed it was smoking. The man and woman fled through a hedgerow, and just after 6:30 p.m., the deputy reported being shot.

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