Police: Suspect In Kansas Murders Shoots Himself In Tulsa
TULSA, Oklahoma - Ben Converse, a man wanted in a Kansas double homicide, is in the hospital after shooting himself law enforcement officers closed in on him in Tulsa.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said they, Tulsa and Broken Arrow Police officers located Converse, and he tried to run. As officers approached him, he turned toward them and shot himself with a handgun, agents said.
Tulsa Police said the shooting happened around 5:15 p.m. at the Somerset Park Apartments near 66th and Mingo. Investigators said just hours before the shooting, they were asked to be on the lookout for Converse in the Tulsa area.
"It is possible he has family here, friends here, or he's from here, and they think this is maybe where he would go," said Officer Jeanne Pierce, TPD.
And police were right.
Investigators haven't said how they tracked him down, just that he shot himself when officers and U.S. Marshals got close.
"I just walked outside and saw all the police cars and the firetrucks and an ambulance," said neighbor Winton Probes.
"He was being put into an ambulance, and they were giving him chest compressions for CPR," he said.
Police from several states have been searching for
Converse in connection to the deaths of an Iola, Kansas man and his daughter. Neighbors said the 38-year-old Converse was in a relationship with the female victim.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said 36-year-old Molly Wilson and her father, 69-year-old John Tadlock, died of apparent gunshot wounds. They were found dead Thursday in their home in Iola, which is about 95 miles southwest of Kansas City.
The KBI, Iola Police and Allen County Deputies are all working the case and had been looking for Converse once they connected him to the murders. Neighbors in Iola said the area is usually quiet except for fighting between Converse and the woman killed.