Oct 23, 2021 2:00 PM

Kan. man who shot nail gun at officers remains in critical condition

Posted Oct 23, 2021 2:00 PM

NEMAHA COUNTY –  A Kansas man identified as 38-year-old Kelly J. Hall, wounded in an officer-involved shooting  outside a residence in Sabetha, Kansas, remained hospitalized in critical condition late Friday, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Sabetha Police Department and the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a man who was threatening suicide, according to the KBI.

When officers arrived at 319 N. 9th Street in Sabetha, they tried to convince Hall to come outside so they could verify his welfare. He would not exit the house, so they attempted to communicate with him over their public announcement (PA) system.

During the incident officers heard several pops coming from inside the residence. Attempts to communicate continued until Hall stepped outside the front door holding an air-powered nail gun. Officers and deputies ordered him to drop the nail gun. Hall began firing nails in the direction of officers. A deputy from the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Sabetha Police Department fired rounds at Hall, striking him. Shots were fired at around 9:45 p.m.

Hall retreated back into the residence. Officers and deputies entered the house and rendered aid to Hall. EMS responded and transported him to the Sabetha Community Hospital. He was later transferred to Stormont Vail in Topeka.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

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NEMAHA COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating an officer involved shooting in Sabetha.

Just before 7:30p.m. Wednesday, officers from the Sabetha Police Department and deputies from the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of N. 9th Street in Sabetha, after the report of a suicidal subject, according to KBI spokesperson Melissa Underwood.

 At approximately 9:45 p.m., shots were fired and A 38-year-old white male was wounded. He was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Stormont Vail in Topeka.  No officers or deputies were injured.

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