Wyandotte & Leavenworth

Murder defendant in KCK gets away, briefly

A man already facing murder charges broke free from a deputy and briefly escaped in his boxer shorts Wednesday before being apprehended again in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

Two law enforcement officers were injured in the incident, which began about 3:30 p.m.

Lt. Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department said the man had finished a court appearance and was being escorted back to jail when he overcame a woman deputy and threw her against a wall. She attempted to use a stun gun on him but was unsuccessful. The man then took off his jail-issued gray jumpsuit, ran out of the building and headed north.

Near the Board of Public Utilities building, an off-duty Kansas City, Kan., policeman chased him. The escapee jumped over a fence, and the policeman cut his arm following him. When the fugitive jumped over a retaining wall, he was apprehended by several officers.

The incident lasted only a few minutes.

It was not clear whether the defendant was in shackles or if he managed to get out of them. The deputy and the officer were being treated for injuries.

The man, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault, could now face additional charges. Bailiff declined to identify him pending the new charges.