UPDATE WEDNESDAY: This story is from Sunday detailing the maroon pickup truck that was involved in the Wednesday morning pursuit and 4-hour manhunt through the woods along I-44 involving a Missouri State Highway Patrol Air Unit. Joplin Police would not confirm that these were the SEK individuals. However they believed it to be the parties involved in the following alleged incidents.
PITTSBURG, Ks. — The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for two people, wanted on several counts and one of them is considered to be armed and dangerous.
MEDIA RELEASE IN FULL FROM PITTSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT:
On Tuesday evening, December 31, 2019, at approximately 5:45 PM, law enforcement officers from the Pittsburg Police Department responded to an address on E. Quincy St., in Pittsburg, regarding a report of a possible armed assault. The reporting party for this incident advised the suspect, who was later identified as 28-year-old William T. Patton, of Pittsburg, had held a firearm to the female victim’s head during this incident, and kept her against her will for a period of time. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, which officers then located and pursued, however, the suspect was able to evade officers and the pursuit was terminated. Shortly thereafter, officers located the suspect’s vehicle abandoned around the area of Jackson and Homer Streets. A firearm was located in the vehicle.
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, a suspect who later identified as William Patton brandished a firearm during an unrelated altercation at a residence in Neosho Falls, (Woodson County) Kansas. Law enforcement officers from that area subsequently became involved in pursuit with Mr. Patton, who was driving a vehicle that was displaying a license plate that was stolen from Pittsburg. The fleeing vehicle wrecked in rural Allen County, Kansas, and the occupants believed to be Mr. Patton, 21-year-old Kaitlyn McMurry, of Girard, and a third subject, fled the scene on foot and eluded capture. Mr. Patton, Ms. McMurry and the third suspect are believed to have been involved in several thefts in Woodson County, including the theft of two firearms.
Mr. Patton was formerly convicted of aggravated battery and aggravated assault in 2014 through the Crawford County District Court, and was sentenced to the Kasas Department of Corrections for a period of five years.
On Sunday, January 19, 2020, at approximately 1:20 PM, law enforcement officers from the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the area of 8th and Locust Streets, in Pittsburg, in reference to a report of two wanted persons being seen in the area. Officers received information stating both Mr. Patton and Ms. McMurry were at a residence in this area, both of which had several warrants for their arrests, which included charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm and fleeing and eluding.
Officers arrived on scene and began to look for the two wanted persons, and during this located two subjects in a maroon Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Officers made contact with these two subjects, one of which immediately complied with officers’ commands, but the other subject, who is believed to be William Patton, began to flee the area in the Silverado pickup, almost striking one of the officers. Another officer on the scene fired their department issued handgun at the driver. The suspect fled the area in the maroon Silverado pickup, which was last seen heading eastbound on 7th Street from Locust St. No officers were injured, and it is unknown at this time if the driver was injured.
Ms. McMurry was not located at the scene. The first subject located by the officers was brought to the police station for further questioning.
This incident is under investigation at this time, with assistance from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The officer who discharged their firearm has been placed on administrative leave per standard operating procedure.
William Patton and Kaitlyn McMurry are currently being sought after for their warrants. Mr. Patton is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached by anyone. If either subject is seen, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.
Anyone having information related to this event, or the location of William Patton or Kaitlyn McMurry, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700, or at our automated tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.