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Capital murder charge filed against man accused of shooting KCK Detective Brad Lancaster

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Wyandotte County district attorney filed a capital murder charge among others against a man accused of killing Kansas City, Kan., Police Detective Brad Lancaster. DA Jerome Gorman charged Curtis Ayers, 28, with fatally shooting the detective near Kansas Speedway on Monday.

Det. Lancaster was assisting officers in the area when Ayers allegedly ambushed him, shooting him multiple times and taking his police vehicle.

Detective Brad Lancaster (image courtesy of Kansas City, Kan., Police Department)

Detective Brad Lancaster (image courtesy of Kansas City, Kan., Police Department)

The district attorney also charged Ayers with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated burglary, criminal possession of a firearm and aggravated battery. Ayers is accused of carjacking multiple people, in one of the instances there were two children inside the car.

Ayers was eventually apprehended after a chase that crossed the state line and ended on 71 Highway near Bannister Road. While hospitalized with gunshot injuries, he's currently in custody of Jackson County authorities, where he stands charged with first degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and resisting arrest. Prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond for him on those charges.

A news release from Wyandotte County did not specify an extradition process for Ayers to be taken from Missouri to Kansas.

While the punishment for capital murder can carry a death sentence penalty, the State of Kansas hasn't executed a prisoner since 1965.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Det. Lancaster:


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