MARSHALL COUNTY, Kans. – Two Kansas inmates are back in custody after a escaping the Marshall County jail at gunpoint on Saturday.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents, the Crime Scene Response Team, and the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal responded to conduct the investigation.
Shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, inmates lit a fire in a cell, causing smoke to fill the Jail. Two inmates, 46-year-old Jeffrey S. Guenther, and 30-year-old Matson Z. Hatfield allegedly forced their way through the jail, obtained two shotguns and then exited into the Sheriff’s Office parking lot.
A press release stated it was believed that while the two inmates were fleeing, a civilian county employee’s tan 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck was stolen at gunpoint, and shots were fired at a Marysville Fire Department truck.
A responding Marysville Police Officer fired at Guenther in the fleeing truck. Meanwhile, Hatfield reportedly fled on foot to a residence nearby the Jail, and fired shots toward a male subject standing in front of the residence.
Hatfield was acquainted with the residents of the home. A short time later, Hatfield surrendered to an officer from the Marysville Police Department.
Guenther fled the area in the stolen pickup truck and headed north on Highway 77, across the state line into Nebraska. He was pursued by Marysville Police until he rolled the truck and was apprehended in rural Gage County, not far from the Kansas/Nebraska state border. The Nebraska State Patrol investigated the accident scene.
While being arrested, a trooper detected the smell of alcohol. A breath chemical test revealed an alcohol level of .087, according to Gage County Court documents.
Guenther was arrested in Gage County for second offense DUI, willful reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. He appeared in Court Monday, where bond was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent deposit.