Girlfriend of Jewell County shooter Jason Whitson speaks out


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We bring you a follow-up story on the shooting of two Jewell County Deputies from the aftermath of the shooting as Jason Whitson drove through Cloud and Ottawa Counties being pursued by numerous law enforcement officers. Whitson’s girlfriend Sabrina Tracy, in an interview with KAKE News Wichita, gives her account of being with Whitson’s five children in the van he was driving.

Tracy says after the shooting at the sheriff’s office, Whitson got back into the van, put the gun in his lap and drove away. Eventually, police spotted the van near Glasco and followed him. During the pursuit, Whitson stopped somewhere south of Minneapolis and let Tracy and the kids out on the side of the road. He had been in communication with law enforcement and the following Kansas Highway Patrol communication was picked up by scanner at the time Tracy and the children were let out of the van.

Tracy describes the ride with Whitson during the pursuit.

While she says the motive is still unclear, she knows Whitson had been complaining about a chemical smell in his house. She claims it had been making both he and his children sick.

She says he felt like no one believed him especially after he had the gas company and law enforcement officers at his house to check it out.

Aside from hearing the gunshots, Tracy said Whitson did not tell her he had shot at anyone. She claims the chemicals in his house made him delusional, and after the shooting he did not know what he had done.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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