(Updated 3-6-13, 12:35 p.m.) Creston, Iowa man identified in Monday’s shooting; attorney won’t press charges

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Thank you for your input. +15 Vote up Vote down Southerner · 388 weeks ago Don’t mess with the South Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Sam · 388 weeks ago Don’t think about crossing through Sumner Ct and do a crime. Don’t think about coming to Sumner Ct to do a crime. We are on our toes. You blooming idiot. Report Reply 1 reply · active 388 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Live on same road · 388 weeks ago I am just glad the farmer didnt use an assult rifle or we would never hear the end of it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down Kansan · 388 weeks ago Good for the homeowner! He made sure he wasn’t another victim or statistic. We need more people like him! Report Reply 3 replies · active 387 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down NoName · 388 weeks ago I am very proud of the Farmer! But don’t try and make everyone who lives in Sumner County out be another Ted Nugent. People EVERYWHERE should be on their toes these days! And Yes I am for the south but gave up that fight when I graduated high school and realized there were better things to do and spend time thinking about. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Just Saying… · 388 weeks ago Kansas was a free state and a part of the north. However, I believe the farmer was justified in what he did to protect himself and others. Just pointing out that fact about Kansas. Report Reply 2 replies · active 388 weeks ago -16 Vote up Vote down Bob · 388 weeks ago He was wanted for drug crimes…which can be anything from drug lord to a little bit of weed in his pocket, what was the farmer scared of? Maybe he didn’t want his stash stolen. lol but seriously if i read this right : (The farmer arrived at that home and found it to be secure and learned no one was home. A check of the outbuildings led the farmer to the suspect and the fatal shot was fired. ) He was trying to hide and the farmer should have called the law NO ONE was home and the man ran from him so I’m sure he wasn’t in danger!! we cant have people shooting people unless someone is in danger….I’m sure this wont be a popular post here in Fox News central Report Reply 11 replies · active 387 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Tired of Crime · 388 weeks ago It’s to bad for the loss of life, but the (I’ll be nice) ‘suspect’ made his own choice. Crime does not pay at any level. If a few more of these kinds of situations were made public nationwide then maybe crime would be less. However since a shotgun was used then this will probably start the liberals on a craze of no assault weapons and shotguns. I am so thankful that the farmer did not use a rolling pin on the suspect. Because then they would be outlawed also. Just think no more homemade pies, bread, etc. “Choot em all Bubba”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago -19 Vote up Vote down Another Farmer · 388 weeks ago When the farmer said this and then pursued him and then fatalily shot the man he took the law into his own hands. The farmer should have backed off and let the authoritys do their job instead of killing the man. Just before 5 p.m., the farmer who would later fire the fatal shot, saw the man coming up the road near the farmer’s home. He approached the suspect and told him to wait there for authorities. The suspect fled on foot and the farmer attempted to follow him in a vehicle. At that point, the farmer saw that the man was headed to a residence owned by relatives of the farmer. The farmer arrived at that home and found it to be secure and learned no one was home. A check of the outbuildings led the farmer to the suspect and the fatal shot was fired. Kerwin Spencer will not be in office long if he does not press charges. Now Mr ***** is trying to change his story to make sure he cant be charged. Report Reply 9 replies · active 387 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down Nonya · 388 weeks ago Let’s just get rid of all law officers and just give everyone a gun that would be swell Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago 12345Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Shane Farley, Newscow.ne — The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office has identified Joseph Lamasters of Creston, Iowa as the man who was shot and killed in Sumner County, Monday afternoon after he allegedly threatened a farmer and his 17-year-old son.According to Creston Police reports, Lamasters, 41, of 400 N. Walnut St. was charged in a major drug bust which had occurred in Union County, about 70 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa on March 2, 2012. He was one of 13 arrested in a narcotic investigation brought on by five Iowa drug agencies. He was arrested for delivery of methamphetamine, failure to affix a valid Iowa drug stamp tax and possession of methamphetamine, according to a Creston (Iowa) News Advertiser report.It was unknown why Lamasters was in Kansas Monday that resulted in his death when a Sumner County farmer shot and killed Lamasters following an incident Monday that began on the Kansas Turnpike.Around 5:30 p.m., Monday an unidentified farmer confronted the suspect, who was hiding in an outbuilding at a residence near the 800 block of E. 140th St. South, north of South Haven.The farmer was armed with a shotgun.“The suspect was in the barn and basically attacked the farmer, cussed at him and said I’m going to kill you,” sheriff Darren Chambers said to Newscow.net on Monday. “The farmer, with his son there as a witness, felt in fear of his life and used deadly force to protect himself.”Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer told Sumner Newscow Tuesday morning his office will not be making charges at this time on an incident which occurred late Monday afternoon involving a Sumner County farmer.“The Sheriff contacted me by phone at 6 to 6:15 (Monday) evening and invited me to come out to the scene,” Spencer said. “After briefing me on the situation, I didn’t feel it was necessary for me to go to the scene. I only go to the scene if I feel charges need to be filed.”The suspect had been the subject of an extensive search earlier in the day when he failed to pay his toll on the Kansas Turnpike and authorities learned he was wanted.Chambers told KSN-TV, that authorities began searching for Lamasters around noon Monday when he left his ID at the south terminal of the Kansas Turnpike. Troopers said he was a lane runner which means someone not paying his turnpike fee.He was not armed at the time of the incident, Chambers said.His vehicle, which later was determined to be stolen, was recovered along the turnpike. Chambers thinks that the man may have run out of gas.Authorities assumed the man fled and launched a search, which included air support from highway patrol aircraft.Landowners in the area were alerted by authorities, who went door to door with information about the suspect, Chambers said. An ID the suspect left behind, led to the discovery he was wanted on drug charges in Iowa and had been known to carry weapons with him in the past – thus creating the potential he was armed and dangerous.Authorities suspended their search around 3 p.m. Monday when they couldn’t locate the suspect.“A lot of times these people will wait until it’s dark, steal a car and we’ll find it a couple days later in Texas,” Chambers said. “This guy didn’t wait and he got spotted.”Just before 5 p.m., the farmer, who had been out burning off hedgerow, noticed the suspicious man.The man who fired off the fatal shot told authorities, that he saw the man coming up the road near the farmer’s home. He approached the suspect and told him to wait there for authorities.The suspect fled on foot and the farmer attempted to follow him in a vehicle. At that point, the farmer saw that the man was headed to a residence owned by relatives of the farmer.The farmer arrived at that home and found it to be secure and learned no one was home. A check of the outbuildings led the farmer to the suspect and the fatal shot was fired.The body of Lamasters was removed from the rural property under the direction of the county coroner and underwent an autopsy Tuesday in Wichita.Authorities were en route to the scene at the time the shooting occurred.The Sheriff and Attorney then conferred with one another and determined no charges will be filed.last_img read more