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Shooting suspect arrested Wednesday

Kevin Maxey, Jr. (Credit: Atchison Police Department)

(KAIR)--The suspected gunman in a June 9 Atchison shooting is now in custody.

Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson told MSC News the arrest was made Wednesday afternoon. “Kevin Maxey, Jr., was taken into custody at 2:30 [Wednesday afternoon] in St. Joseph Missouri on an Atchison County District Court warrant charging him with attempted 2nd degree murder, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and criminal discharge of a firearm.”

31-year-old Maxey, of Atchison, who is accused of pulling the trigger in the early morning shooting that left a 42-year-old man hospitalized, has been on the run since the time of the shooting. “[Atchison Police] detectives have been working with agents with the U.S. Marshal’s office and information had been developed that he was in St. Joseph. An investigation in St. Joseph [Wednesday] which included a surveillance of an apartment complex in a residential area by agents and detectives...led to Maxey’s arrest.”

Maxey was being booked into the Buchanan County Jail Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to face extradition to Kansas to face the Atchison-based charges. “He was taken into custody by the United States Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Team, the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, the St. Joseph Missouri Street Crimes Unit, and detectives with the Atchison Police Department,” Wilson said.

The shooting occurred around 3:00 on the June 9 morning in a vacant lot located in the 1100 block of Atchison’s North 8th Street.

With around 20 people gathered in that location, Wilson said the victim was shot during an alleged altercation between Maxey and someone else.

The victim has been identified through fundraiser information as Atchison resident Clinton Dunbar, who was shot twice.

Due to mounting medical expenses, the Clinton Dunbar Family Benefit Account has been established at the Exchange Bank. Dunbar family friend Jenny Durkin told MSC News last month, the funds raised will be used to defray the expenses the family has incurred since Dunbar’s hospital stay began.

Donations can be made at any Exchange Bank location.

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