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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Runaway Bethel teenager, friend, confirmed dead in Texas

  • The search for a runaway teenager from Bethel Acres who stole firearms, ammo and his parents' truck ended tragically Wednesday in Texas where the teen and his friend were found dead at the scene of a residential robbery, deputies said.
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  • The search for a runaway teenager from Bethel Acres who stole firearms, ammo and his parents' truck ended tragically Wednesday in Texas where the teen and his friend were found dead at the scene of a residential robbery, deputies said.
    Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputies had been searching for 17-year-old Kenneth Andrew Chaffin after the teen took nine handguns, six rifles and two shotguns, along with 1,500 to 2,000 rounds of ammunition, from his parents' home on Waco Road Monday night, Undersheriff Travis Palmer said.
    The teen, who also took prescription medications, took off in a 1991 red Ford Ranger pickup. Because of the amount of weapons and ammunition, an intensive search for the runaway began.
    As deputies circulated pictures of the teen Wednesday and disseminated information about the pickup, a home invasion robbery was unfolding in Ellis County, Texas.
    That's where the missing truck from Pottawatomie County was found, Palmer said, with the two robbery suspects pronounced dead at that scene. Initially, it was unknown if one of the two dead suspects at the scene was Chaffin.
    Late Wednesday night, Palmer confirmed that Chaffin was one of the two who had died. Chaffin's friend and neighbor, who Palmer identified as Dillon King, 18, was reported to be the second victim at the scene.
    It is believed that both died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Palmer said, although deputies are awaiting further from the Texas medical examiner.
    Palmer said it appears Chaffin and King went to farmhouse in rural Ellis County, Texas, where one of them, dressed in camouflage and armed, was attempting to get inside.
    The homeowners were home and retrieved their own weapons, which prompted an exchange of gunfire.
    "They did exchange a number of rounds with the owner," Palmer said.
    The homeowner suffered a superficial gunshot wound, according to reports, and it was believed that one of the two suspects also may have been shot during the gunfight, Palmer said.
    When deputies arrived at the scene south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they heard two single shots, Palmer said, which are believed to be the final self-inflicted gunshot wounds for the two local teens.
    One of them was found dead in the truck while the other's body was in a field on the property, Palmer said.
    "This is not the outcome we had hoped for," Palmer said, adding they had hoped to find Chaffin and the guns and get him back home safely.
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