PITTSBURG, KANSAS – On Monday evening, June 14, 2021, at approximately 7:45 PM, law enforcement officers from the Pittsburg Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of 10th St. and Michigan St., in Pittsburg, regarding a report of shots being fired at pedestrians. Upon arrival, officers learned that a white Chevy Impala had pulled up next to two people who were walking on 10th St., during which the occupants of the vehicle shot at the pedestrians.
This incident was witnessed, and after the Impala began to flee the area, witnesses began to follow the vehicle and report its location to law enforcement. After the shots, the pedestrians (an unknown male and female) fled the area on foot, and they have not been located or identified. There have been no reports of any injuries, nor were there any indications that somebody had been struck by a bullet.
Officers encountered the vehicle at the intersection of 14th St. and N. Rouse St., in Pittsburg, and the vehicle began to flee from the officers, which then initiated a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit went north on Rouse St., to 27th St. Terrace, and then onto Free King Highway, where the Impala headed southbound. Officers attempted to deploy a tire deflation device against the Impala at the intersection of 20th St. and Free King Highway, however the fleeing vehicle briefly left the roadway and went around the device. The Impala continued to flee from officers, and headed eastbound on E. 560th Ave. into Crawford County, and then southbound to K-126 Highway, where it then went back eastbound and eventually moved into Barton County, Missouri, at which point the Barton County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.
The pursuit continued to the area of SW 160th Lane and SW 50th Road in Barton County, where the Impala wrecked, at which point the driver and passenger fled the vehicle on foot. The Cherokee County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Office was contacted and their assistance was requested for the use of their tracking K-9. Shortly after Cherokee County Deputies deployed their K-9, the driver of the Impala, 30-year-old Zachary R. Winemiller, of Pittsburg, was located and was taken into custody without further incident.
Mr. Winemiller was arrested and was transported to the jail at the Barton County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office. The Impala was towed from the scene.
The passenger from the Impala was not located, and their identity is unknown at this time.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at our tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.