Kansas

Suspect in Mississippi, New Mexico crimes arrested in Kansas

  • This photo provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol shows an overturned vehicle at the scene following a police chase that ended in a fiery crash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, near Wilson, Kan. The driver, Alex Bridges Deaton, was arrested after the crash. Authorities say Deaton is a suspect in the of shooting of a Kansas convenience store clerk and the kidnapping of two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi. (Kansas Highway Patrol via AP)

    This photo provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol shows an overturned vehicle at the scene following a police chase that ended in a fiery crash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, near Wilson, Kan. The driver, Alex Bridges Deaton, was arrested after the crash. Authorities say Deaton is a suspect in the of shooting of a Kansas convenience store clerk and the kidnapping of two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi. (Kansas Highway Patrol via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Kansas Highway Patrol photograph provided by the Ellsworth County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows 28-year-old Alex Deaton. Deaton, accused of killing two in Mississippi, was arrested in Kansas after police ran a stolen SUV off the road in a fiery crash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Ellsworth County Sheriff's Office via the Kansas Highway Patrol via AP)

    This Kansas Highway Patrol photograph provided by the Ellsworth County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows 28-year-old Alex Deaton. Deaton, accused of killing two in Mississippi, was arrested in Kansas after police ran a stolen SUV off the road in a fiery crash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Ellsworth County Sheriff's Office via the Kansas Highway Patrol via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities have arrested a man suspected of shooting a Kansas convenience store clerk and kidnapping two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi.

The sheriff in Ellsworth County, Kansas, tells television station KSNW that 28-year-old Alex Bridges Deaton was arrested Wednesday after a chase, about 80 miles from where the clerk was shot.

The sheriff's office referred questions from The Associated Press to the Highway Patrol, which didn't immediately return messages.

Kansas authorities began pursuing Deaton because he was driving a vehicle reported stolen in New Mexico. Kansas investigators say the suspect ditched the vehicle before shooting the clerk and stealing another vehicle.

Authorities were seeking Deaton in the death of 30-year-old Heather Robinson. Mississippi officials also consider him a suspect in the shooting death of a woman found dead at a rural church.