Mar 01

#2017-D-01 KHP Troopers Apprehend Murder Suspect

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 10:58 AM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  RELEASE  –  March 1, 2017 #2017-D-01


CONTACT:  Technical Trooper Tod Hileman, 785-625-3518 or

KHP Troopers Apprehend Murder Suspect

Today, March 1, 2017, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Kansas Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop an eastbound black Cadillac on I-70, around milepost 191, by Dorrance. This vehicle matched the description of an Attempt to Locate broadcast, following a shooting at a Pratt convenience store, earlier in the morning. 

The vehicle and driver, Alex Deaton, were wanted out of Pratt County.  Deaton did not stop, and fled eastbound at a high rate of speed. Spike sticks were successfully deployed at 7:57 a.m. The driver took the Wilson exit, milepost 205, and drove approximately one mile south, towards the town of Wilson.  KHP troopers, not wanting Deaton to enter Wilson, utilized tactical vehicle intervention to successfully end the pursuit at 8:00 a.m. After the vehicle crashed and caught on fire, Deaton was immediately placed under arrest with no further incident. There were no injuries to KHP personnel or to Deaton.  

Charges are pending through multiple county courts. Deaton is a suspect wanted for a double homicide in the state of Mississippi, as well as other crimes in multiple states.