GREENWOOD COUNTY, Kansas – Authorities continue to search for a suspect in a murder near Eureka.
They believe Kevin Robert Welsh shot his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend, her 52-year-old mother and her 54-year-old stepfather.
It happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of 130th near Eureka after a burglary.
When deputies arrived, they found the bodies of the older man and woman.
The younger woman who was shot had tried to go for help in a car but crashed. She is in critical condition in a Wichita hospital.
Two of the victims died. Friends tell us they were 54-year-old Keith Kriesel and 52-year-old Sheila Kriesel. The two were married and were the mother and step father of 26-year-old Catherine Scheff.
Scheff remains in the hospital. According to the Eureka Herald, Scheff is in stable condition. The newspaper reports she was shot several times and also suffered injuries from a car crash.
Friends tell us Scheff and Welsh have children together.
Welsh, 35, had disappeared after becoming a suspect in the Oct. 2 fatal shooting of a Eureka couple and the wounding of their 26-year-old daughter.
Life here went on that way for two weeks, until Wednesday night, when Kevin Welsh was shot and killed by KBI agents in a shed a few blocks west of Main Street after an extensive manhunt.
Many in Eureka knew Welsh. Jerry Provence got in a couple of fights with him in high school. Provence said Welsh didn’t like that he had come to town from the big city, Wichita.
KBI agents investigated the shed, near 8th and Poplar, after a passing law enforcement officer noticed the entrance to the unoccupied structure had been altered, KBI spokesman Kyle Smith said in a statement. The owner of the building gave permission for the agents to search the building.
Agents encountered Welsh inside. He pointed a handgun at them, and they responded by shooting him, Smith said. The agents provided first aid, then took Welsh to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
EWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 17, 2013 BY THE KANSAS BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m., as part of an extensive manhunt for Kevin Welsh, wanted for two counts of 1st degree murder and attempted 1stdegree murder, agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were investigating a building near 8th and Poplar in Eureka, Kansas. A passing law enforcement officer had noticed the entrance to the unoccupied structure was tampered with from the last time it had been checked. Agents contacted the owner of the building and obtained consent to conduct a search.
Initial information indicates KBI Agents clearing the building encountered Welsh, who pointed a handgun at the agents, causing the agents to engage with lethal force. Welsh was shot by the agents, provided first aide and then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10:00 p.m.
Sheriff Bitler said the woman was the ex-girlfriend of shooting suspect, 35-year-old Kevin Robert Welsh of Toronto, Kansas. He says the shooting was domestic violence-related.