Motorcycle gunman in Pittsburg arrested on Attempted 2nd Degree Murder allegations

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Police officers in Pittsburg arrested a motorcyclist after he allegedly chased a car down and fired multiple gunshots at the occupants.

On April 10, 2022, police dispatch sent officers to the area of George Nettles Elementary School to investigate a reported shooting.

While on the scene, police learned that a man driving a motorcycle pursued two victims in a car.

According to the police report, 41-year-old Elijah Andrew Shead began following the victims in the 300 block of East Centennial Drive. The victims reported that Shead chased them, eventually pulling up to the side of their vehicle at the intersection of Jefferson and Elm.

Police say Shead then got off his motorcycle and fired three rounds at the victims before fleeing the area. The police report says the victims drove away until their car became undrivable near the area of George Nettles Elementary School.

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After a short while, officers located Shead on April 12, 2022, and brought him in for questioning.

Deputies transported Shead to the Crawford County Jail and booked him for the following:

  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Criminal Discharge of a Firearm
  • Felony Criminal Damage to Property

Records show Shead bonded out of jail on April 12th, however, the Kansas Department of Corrections issued an arrest and detain order for Shead due to his parole violations.

Crawford County deputies later took Shead into custody without incident on April 13th, 2022. Police say Shead is now being held without bond.

(Article has been corrected to show an attempted murder charge rather than a murder charge)

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