Two escaped convicts who walked out Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas Friday are now charged with multiple felonies for firing shots at law enforcement officers and an attempted kidnapping of the Mayor of Edgerton. Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Scott A. Gilbert, 49, were each charged in Platte County Circuit Court Saturday with 12 felonies. Reportedly during the pursuit, a passenger in the suspect vehicle, which was stolen, allegedly fired a shotgun multiple times striking the vehicles of four different law enforcement officers. The pursuit continued into Edgerton, where the town’s mayor was allegedly ordered to get in the stolen vehicle at gunpoint. After he refused the vehicle sped away. The half hour chase ended when the suspects abandoned the stolen vehicle and entered a residence in the 8700 block of SW Highway Z in Clinton County. After a six hour standoff the suspects eventually surrendered to officers. Hurst and Gilbert are now each charged with four counts of first degree assault of a law enforcement officer, attempted kidnapping, resisting arrest by fleeing, tampering with a motor vehicle, and five counts of armed criminal action. Convictions on those charges could bring a sentence of life in prison. Bonds for both men are set at $5-million cash only.
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