At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning a Pratt County Sheriff’s Officer made a traffic stop 3 miles south and 6 miles east of Pratt on a vehicle that had been reported as suspicious and looking around a rural residence. A passenger immediately jumped out and ran. He was identified by the officer, and was wanted in Pratt County on Felony charges for possession of firearms and controlled substances. A perimeter was in place within minutes.
K-9 units from Barber County, Pawnee County, and the Kansas Highway Patrol as well as officers from all of those agencies and the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for approximately 3 ½ hours and roads in the area were blocked. At approximately 3:30 p.m. the suspect was spotted at a residence drinking from a garden hose about a mile from where he ran from the vehicle.
The suspect ran into a wooded and pasture area and was quickly apprehended by Officers. Shawn Hammond, 24, of Pratt was arrested on the Pratt County warrant.
No officers or the suspect were injured.
The Pratt County Sheriff Office would like to thank all agencies that assisted in this manhunt.