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Arrest made and charges filed in Pittsburg shooting


This weekend, Pittsburg (Kansas) police announced an arrest in a shooting last Thursday. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

According to a press release Saturday, Pittsburg police located a suspect in the early morning hours in a non-fatal shooting in the 100 block of W. 23rd street around 9:40 last Thursday night.

The 32-year-old victim, who has not been named, was found with a single gunshot wound around the area of the Sonic Drive-Thru in Pittsburg. The victim was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot to an extremity. The shooter has been identified as 42-year-old Spencer W. Presley of Pittsburg and was brought in for questioning around 2:40 am Saturday.

Mr. Presley admitted involvement in the shooting and has been charged with Aggravated Battery and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, both felony charges. He was transported to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office for booking. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

If you have any information, call the Pittsburg Police Departments' anonymous tip line at (620) 231-TIPS.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.