Mississippi murder suspect Alex Deaton arrested in Kansas

Posted at 6:31 AM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 19:27:51-05

The Kansas Highway Patrol confirmed that murder suspect, 28-year-old Alex Deaton, was arrested outside Wilson, Kansas on Wednesday morning.

Deaton's accused of killing his girlfriend in Mississippi, which spurred a nationwide manhunt, on Monday.

Deaton was taken into custody after refusing to stop for authorities on I-70 while driving a black Cadillac. According to Kansas Highway Patrol, the Cadillac matched the description of the vehicle that was stolen following the shooting of a convenience store clerk in Pratt, Kan. The clerk was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Wichita.

Deaton fled troopers at a high rate of speed. KHP troopers used a tactical maneuver to end the pursuit at 8 a.m. The vehicle Deaton was driving crashed and caught fire. Deaton was arrested without injury. The vehicle belonged to the store clerk.

According to Albuquerque Police, Deaton was spotted on Tuesday night by La Luz Trailhead. Deaton allegedly asked a couple to get into the trunk of the woman's car.

The couple was able to escape, but Deaton shot the man and kidnapped the woman. She later escaped with minor injuries. Police said he made his way to the scene of the kidnapping and took the woman's car, which he drove to Kansas.

Ellsworth Police said Deaton left the stolen car outside a convenience store and shot a clerk. He then stole another vehicle from the parking lot.

Deaton was thought to be in Tulsa after the murders in Mississippi last week. He's also a "person of interest" in a third murder case.


The reward for information leading to his arrest was $30,000.

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