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KBI and MSHP Investigate Officer Involved Shooting Incident

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BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Division of Drug and Crime Control are investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred following a police pursuit that began in Pittsburg, Kan.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately midnight on Friday, Nov. 29, an officer from the Pittsburg Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop near Quincy St. and Broadway St. in Pittsburg on a 2007 Toyota Camry. The officer initiated the car stop because the tag came back registered to a different vehicle. When the vehicle’s driver failed to stop, a police pursuit ensued.

The fleeing vehicle became disabled near the intersection of E. 540th Ave. and S. 270th St., along the Kansas and Missouri state line. The driver then exited his vehicle carrying a shotgun and ran east into a field. The officer pursued the suspect on foot into Barton County, Mo. where a shooting occurred and the suspect was struck.

The subject, later identified as 34-year-old Jeremy Pelican of Pittsburg, was transported to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg where he died of his injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The MSHP will lead the officer involved shooting investigation as the shooting occurred in their jurisdiction. The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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 2021 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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