UPDATE: 03/01/2017 10:51am The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) released a statement about this morning’s arrest of Alex Bridges Deaton. According to that statement Technical trooper Tod Hileman says that KHP troopers tried to stop a black Cadillac that was headed eastbound on I-70 near mile marker 191 near Dorrance, Kansas. They attempted to stop the car because it matched the description of that given following the shooting at a convenience store in Pratt, Kansas earlier this morning.
Trooper Hileman says that the driver, later identified as Deaton, did not stop, “and fled eastbound at a high rate of speed. Spike sticks were successfully deployed at 7:57am. The driver took the Wilson exit, milepost 205, and drove approximately one mile south, towards the town of Wilson. KHP troopers, not wanting Deaton to enter Wilson, utilized tactical vehicle intervention to successfully end the pursuit at 8:00 a.m. After the vehicle crashed and caught on fire, Deaton was immediately placed under arrest with no further incident. There were no injuries to KHP personnel or to Deaton.”
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UPDATE: 03/01/2017 9:20am Undersheriff Raymond Duke with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office says a press conference has been scheduled for 10:15am this morning.
UPDATE 03/01/2017 8:58am: The Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas is confirming that Alex Bridges Deaton is in custody.
UPDATE: 03/01/2017 7:28am Mississippi murder suspect Alex Bridges Deaton is still on the run.
According to a statement from the Pratt Police Department, deputies with the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office, Pratt County Sheriff’s Office, and City of Pratt Police Department pursued a car that had been reported stolen from New Mexico. The Cadillac was abandoned bu the suspect who, police say, then ran to a convenience store in Pratt, Kansas. He allegedly shot the clerk before stealing a black Cadillac CTS from the store’s parking lot.
That Cadillac bears the following Kansas license plate: 013 JVR
Pratt Police Detective and Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Ward says that the suspect has been identified as Alex Bridges Deaton. Still on the run, the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
UPDATE: 03/01/2017 7:12am Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells WJTV that Alex Deaton was chased into Kansas during the night. He wrecked the car he was driving and got out on foot. Sheriff Bailey says that Deaton then found a convenience store, allegedly shot the clerk, and then stole the clerk’s car.
There is no description of that car at this point but police authorities do expect to release more information later this morning.
The clerk who was shot was last listed in critical condition. Deaton, Sheriff Bailey says, is still on the run.
RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Rankin County Sheriff, Bryan Bailey says law enforcement is now focusing their search on North Central New Mexico.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico about Heather Robinson’s stolen GMC Acadia. When deputies recovered the Acadia, the Mississippi license plate had been switched to a Missouri tag.
NM authorities say they believe Deaton came out of a wooded area at the La Luz Trail Head parking area and carjacked a couple at gun point, and headed towards Forest Road 333.
Officials say at some point the male victim tried to escape and Deaton shot him in the buttocks, and the female was grazed by the bullets.
A little later down the road at the intersection of Tramway Blvd. and Forest Rd. 333 the female victim was able to escape.
Deaton continued to drive in the couple’s car, which is a white 2001 Honda Civic, four door sedan. The car has a New Mexico tag that reads, MNF884.
We’re told the victims suffered non life threatening injuries, and positively identified Deaton as the man who stole their car.
The reward for information that could help law enforcement officers find Alex Bridges Deaton has increased to a total of $32,500.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said PriorityOne Bank pledged $2,500 in reward money. Initially Crime Stoppers offered $2,500. Since then the Rankin County Board of Supervisors has offered $5,000 and the FBI has offered $20,000.
Deaton is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
He’s wanted in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, Heather Robinson, She was found dead in an apartment at the Vineyard at Castlewoods on Friday. Authorities said preliminary reports shows that Robinson was stranguled. He is also wanted for aggravated assault in connection with a shooting. A woman was shot while out jogging in the Castlewoods neighborhood Friday morning.
Neshoba County deputies have named Deaton as a person of interest in a homicide investigation. Brenda Pinter was shot to death in Dixon Baptist Church. She was found dead Thursday night.
Law enforcement officers said Deaton was last seen in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area Saturday morning.
Sheriff Bailey said Deaton may still be in Robinson’s SUV, which is a 2012 GMC Acadia that has the license plate F396 NF.
Anyone with information that leads to arrest of Deaton would be eligible for the reward. If you have information to help in this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online through the Web Tip link.