PRATT — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified 38-year-old Rene Prieto of Pratt as an armed gunman involved in an officer-involved shooting in Pratt Tuesday.
On Nov. 13, shortly before 4 p.m., the Pratt Police Department requested KBI assistance to investigate a shooting. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Pratt Police Department received a call reporting a man on the street who was waving a gun. When responding officers arrived at 512 N. Main St. in Pratt, they encountered an armed man outside, north of the residence. The man was later identified as Rene Prieto, 38, of Pratt, according to a KBI press release.
As officers approached Prieto, attempting to make contact with him, he fired at one of the officers. Three officers returned fire. Prieto was injured by gunfire. Officers secured Prieto and the scene, and called EMS.
Prieto was transported to a Wichita hospital and is currently in critical condition. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
Several law enforcement agencies including the KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol, Pratt Police Department, Pratt County Sheriff’s Office, Reno County Sheriff, Kiowa County Sheriff, Stafford County Sheriff and Pawnee County as well as Pratt County EMS responded to the scene.
Traffic on North Main is being rerouted around the scene until further notice.