A Garden City man who authorities say shot and injured a Texas man, shot at sheriff’s deputies in a vehicle pursuit and caused a manhunt is now facing multiple charges.
Jeovany Valles-Leyva, 37, 2515 W. Jones Ave., has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and possession of narcotics, according to Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue.
Valles-Leyva was arrested at about 2:15 p.m. July 15, following a manhunt where law enforcement from multiple agencies searched for him in an area of southwest Finney County.
According to the sheriff's office, at about 5:25 a.m. that day, deputies responded to Valles-Leyva's residence in reference to a shooting that had just occurred.
Three deputies responded, and upon arrival were advised that 35-year old Daniel Martinez of Midland, Texas, had been shot in the stomach. Martinez was transported to St. Catherine Hospital and treated for his wound.
While on scene, deputies saw Valles-Leyva’s vehicle pass by and a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the sheriff's office says Valles-Leyva did not stop and continued on West Jones Avenue.
Bascue said that in the area of West Jones Avenue, approximately one mile west of Holcomb, Valles-Leyva began shooting out of his back window at the pursuing deputy, firing multiple rounds.
The deputy was not injured, and his vehicle was not damaged.
The deputy continued pursuing Valles-Leyva until his vehicle came to a stop on the east side of Klotz Sand and Asphalt Paving Co., Inc., where Valles-Leyva then fled his vehicle on foot. Authorities searched the area by vehicle, on foot, by air with a Kansas Highway Patrol plane and with drones before eventually finding Valles-Leyva in a sand pit.
The attempted second-degree murder charge stems from Valles-Leyva shooting at the sheriff’s deputy, and the attempted first-degree murder charge is connected to the shooting of Martinez.
Valles-Leyva remains in the Finney County Jail on a $900,000 bond.
Bascue said authorities believe the shooting at Valles-Leyva's residence was drug-related, but the sheriff did not provide further details.
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