Man who drove suspected cop killer to casino: ‘Nothing on car ride could’ve told me this was going down’

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TONGANOXIE, Kan. -- Police ran to take cover as they surrounded a small apartment building off of State Avenue at East 2nd Street in Tonganoxie on Monday afternoon. Chris Ayers lives in the apartment and says he and family were ordered outside at gunpoint

“My girlfriend called me and she’s like, 'who’d you shoot?'" Ayers said. "I was like, 'I didn’t shoot no one I don’t got money for a gun.'”

They were looking for Curtis Ayers in connection with what would later become the fatal shooting of KCK Police Detective Brad Lancaster not far from Hollywood Casino. Chris Ayers, wasn’t the suspect or even related to him, but it turns out he did know Curtis Ayers and drove him to the casino this morning.

“Nothing on the car ride there could’ve told me this was going down,” Ayers said.

But Chris Ayers says he did notice Curtis had a gun tucked in his waistband when he got out of the car.

“I didn’t know that until he got out of the car or until we got to the casino,” Ayers said.

"The things he would talk about, it didn’t really surprise me that he had shot someone, it just scared me that it was a detective,” neighbor Chelsie Hallgrimson said.

Ayers told police the suspect left a backpack in his car when he dropped him off, which he ended up taking inside his apartment. Police spent the day in Tonganoxie investigating and shortly before 7 o’clock Monday night left with four bags full of evidence.