EUREKA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities on Thursday were investigating the death of a man wanted in connection with two slayings who was killed in a shooting with authorities in southeast Kansas.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a written statement that Kevin Robert Welsh, 35, of Toronto, Kan., was fatally wounded Wednesday night in Eureka, a town of about 2,600 residents 60 miles northeast of Wichita.
Authorities had been searching for Welsh since his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Catherine Scheff, was seriously injured and her mother, Sheila Kriesel, 52, and her 54-year-old stepfather, Keith Kriesel, were killed Oct. 2 in Greenwood County near Eureka. Before the shootings, Welsh had been out on $50,000 bond in connection with an Aug. 23 kidnapping case.
The KBI said a law enforcement officer involved in the manhunt noticed that the entrance to an unoccupied structure had been tampered with since the last time it was checked. After obtainin! g consent from the owner to search the building, KBI agents began clearing the structure and encountered Welsh. The KBI said initial reports indicate that KBI agents shot Welsh after he pointed a handgun at them.
John Dunn Sr. told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/17OhfF3 ) that he was lying in bed watching TV when he heard about 10 or 15 shots fired in a matter of seconds.
"I jumped up, looked out back and saw two guys with flashlights milling around and a man on the ground," Dunn said Thursday morning.
Dunn said Welsh apparently had been hiding in an old tin shed about 200 feet behind his house.
"Never seen anyone use it except to store junk in it," he said.
The KBI said Welsh was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The agency said a thorough investigation will be conducted and that the Greenwood County attorney then will appoint a special prosecutor to review the fin! dings.
The site where Welsh was shot is in the same area where law enforcement on Monday surrounded an abandoned laundromat in their search for Welsh. The reward for information leading to Welsh's capture had grown to $11,000.
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