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ENSTROM BELIEVED TO BE SHOOTER IN TOPEKA'S FIRST HOMICIDE OF 2013

By Nate Gonner 2/14/2013

 

              A KANSAS FUGITIVE AND HIS WIFE ARE BEHIND BARS ON MULTIPLE FELONIES IN MULTIPLE STATES DURING A CLOSE TO EIGHT HOUR CRIME SPREE IN KANSAS AND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA ON WEDNESDAY.

 

              ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE JOHNSON COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY JULIE SMITH, 33 YEAR OLD MICHAEL ENGSTROM’S NEBRASKA CRIME SPREE BEGAN IN PAWNEE COUNTY WHEN HE WENT INTO THE CASEY GENERAL STORE IN PAWNEE CITY AND ALLEGEDLY ROBBED THE STORE AT GUNPOINT AROUND 7:30 WEDNESDAY EVENING.

 

              A SHORT TIME LATER, WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PULL OVER ENSTROM’S WHITE FORD FOCUS, A NEBRASKA STATE PATROL AND A JOHNSON COUNTY DEPUTY OFFICER WERE SHOT AT BY ENGSTROM AS HE DROVE OFF.

 

              THE ALMOST TWO HOUR PURSUIT ENDED IN A FIELD NEAR ST. MARY’S IN JOHNSON COUNTY, WHEN AFTER FIRING AT THE JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF AND DEPUTIES, ENGSTROM RAN OUT OF BULLETS AND SURRENDERED.

 

              NOW TOPEKA, KANSAS POLICE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR ENSTROM SINCE JUST AFTER 2 O’CLOCK WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER HE WAS NAMED AS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 35 YEAR OLD RICKY MITCHELL AND INJURING 28 YEAR OLD BRIDGET GAKLE BOTH OF TOPEKA.

 

              A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS IN THE VEHICLE DURING THE CHASE AND ACCORDING TO THE TOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL, THE GIRL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE STEP DAUGHTER OF ENSTROM, WHO JUST GOT MARRIED TO THE GIRL’S BIOLOGICAL MOTHER JAMIE ENGSTROM LESS THAN A WEEK AGO.

 

              BOTH MICHAEL AND JAMIE ENGSTROM ARE FACING MULTIPLE FELONIES HERE IN NEBRASKA.

 

              FOR MICHAEL, HE IS FACING ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER, FLIGHT TO AVOID ARREST, USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON TO COMMITT A FELONY, AND CHILD ABUSE.

 

              JAMIE IS CHARGED WITH AIDING AND ABETTING IN ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND FLIGHT TO AVOID ARREST AND CHILD ABUSE.

 

              THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING AND STAY TUNED TO KNCY FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

 

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