Suspected Murderer Alex Deaton Captured in Kansas
On Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at approximately 6:00 a.m., the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department (KS) stating they initiated a pursuit with Alex Bridges DEATON in the stolen white Honda Accord from New Mexico. Deputies from Kiowa County pursued the vehicle into Pratt, KS city limits where they used stop sticks and were successful at disabling the vehicle driven by DEATON. Alex Bridges DEATON fled on foot and went to a convenience store located at 116 South Washington St in Pratt, KS.
At approx. 0750 hrs Kansas Highway Troopers attempted to stop a Black Cadillac eastbound on I-70 around milepost 191. Alex Bridges DEATON refused to stop and fled eastbound on I-70 at a high rate of speed. Kansas Troopers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks and DEATON exited the Wilson, KS exit near milepost 205. DEATON continued south towards Wilson, KS. Kansas Troopers were able to utilize a tactical vehicle intervention and end the pursuit at 0800 when the stolen vehicle crashed and caught fire.
Alex Bridges DEATON was taken into custody without incident after the crash. Along with Rankin County (MS) and Neshoba County (MS) charges, DEATON will now face charges in New Mexico and Kansas.
Alex Bridges DEATON is being held at the Ellsworth County, KS jail at this time.
Investigators from the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations are on the way to Kansas at this time to collect evidence and interview the suspect and witnesses.
District Attorney Michael Guest will be starting the extradition process.
Words cannot express my gratitude to the law enforcement officers, the public and especially the media who all worked together as a team on this case. The citizens of Rankin County and Mississippi can have some peace of mind now that this dangerous man is off the streets. We thank God for His protection of all officers during this event and we pray for comfort and peace for all victims and families involved.