Tuesday, April 13, 2022
Released by Lt. Rebekah Lynch
On April 10, 2022, at approximately 10:11 p.m., officers with the Pittsburg Police Department were dispatched to the area of George Nettles Elementary school for a report of two subjects being shot at. The victims reported being followed and then shot at by a subject known to them, 41-year-old Elijah Andrew Shead.
The victims reported seeing Shead on his motorcycle in the 300 block of East Centennial Drive. They reported Shead began to follow them as they drove and eventually pulled around them at the intersection of Jefferson and Elm. Shead reportedly got off of his motorcycle and fired three rounds at them and then fled the area. The victims drove away from the area until their vehicle became disabled in the area of George Nettles Elementary School.
Officers and detectives began a search for Shead and located him on April 12, 2022. Shead was arrested and taken to the police department for questioning. Shead was transported to the Crawford County Jail where he was booked in for attempted 2nd degree murder (unintentional but reckless), criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal discharge of a firearm, and felony criminal damage to property. Shead was issued a $50,000 bond.
Shead, who is currently on parole with the Kansas Department of Corrections, did bond out of jail on April 12, 2022. An arrest and detain order was later issued by the Kansas Department of Corrections for violation of parole conditions, related to the initial incident. Crawford County deputies took Shead into custody pursuant to this order, without incident, on April 13, 2022. He is currently being held in the Crawford County Jail with no bond.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at our tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.