Suspect in Kansas bar shooting is charged with murder

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, that left one person dead and two injured (all times local):

4 p.m.

A 51-year-old man has been charged with murder and attempted murder in a shooting at a suburban Kansas City bar that left one man dead and two others injured.

Adam Purinton, of Olathe, was charged Thursday in Johnson County, Kansas. Prosecutors say he opened fire Wednesday night at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe in a shooting that witnesses said had racial overtones.

Purinton was arrested early Thursday at an Applebee's Restaurant in Clinton, Missouri. He waived extradition Thursday and was expected to be returned to Kansas.


3 p.m.

A 51-year-old man who is suspected of opening fire in a crowded Kansas bar, killing one person and wounding two others, before being arrested in Missouri has waived extradition and will be returned to Kansas.

Henry County sheriff's Maj. Rob Hills said Adam Purinton, of Olathe, waived extradition Thursday during a brief court hearing in that county. Purinton was still in custody in Henry County at 3 p.m. Thursday and it wasn't immediately known when he would be returned to Kansas.

Prosecutors say Purinton is suspected of shooting three people Wednesday night at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas. He was taken in to custody early Thursday at an Applebee's Restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, after a bartender reported to police that a customer was saying he had been involved in a shooting.


7:45 a.m.

Authorities have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting one man and wounding two others at a crowded bar in suburban Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that the shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday as people watched the Kansas-TCU basketball game at Austins Bar and Grill in southern Olathe, Kansas. Emergency medical treatment was provided to all three victims, and one later died at a hospital.

Olathe police said in a statement that the suspect was taken into custody around 12:40 a.m. Thursday about 80 miles away in Clinton, Missouri.

The name of the suspect and the victims weren't immediately released.

After the shooting, a helicopter was used to search for the suspect, while police told residents in the area to shelter in place.

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