Man convicted of trying to kill Kansas trooper

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas man has been convicted of trying to kill a Highway Patrol trooper in a shootout last October.

The Salina Journal reports ( ) 31-year-old Jason Gleason, of Lyons, was found guilty Friday of attempted first-degree murder and five other charges.

Gleason was a passenger in an SUV driven by his girlfriend when Trooper Ryan Wolting noticed that it matched one used in a Rice County bank robbery earlier in the day.

Wolting chased the SUV for about 11 miles before it broke down in Saline County. Witnesses testified that Gleason got out and began shooting, shattering the windshield of Wolting’s car as the trooper returned fire.

One of Gleason’s shots traveled through the mouth of his girlfriend’s young son and hit the girlfriend as well. Both recovered.


Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal,

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