A man accused of robbing a Rice County bank, then firing at a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper will go to trial.
Jason Gleason was in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday. In court, prosecutors showed the dash cam video of how the standoff ended. You can see the suspect run out of a vehicle and then you hear dozens of gun shots. There's also video of the troopers getting kids out of the suspect's car.
Warning: The video does contain foul language
Authorties say, before the shootout with troopers, Gleason robbed a bank in the town of Chase early in the day. They say, Gleason robbed a bank in Rice County, threatened workers with a gun, and took off in a car with an unknown amount of cash.
Prosecutors focused only on the events in Saline county, they say Gleason's girlfriend Chrystal Bell picked him up in Hutchinson on her way to Wichita. She was driving an Explorer with her children inside. She said that Gleason asked Bell to head towards Topeka. She testified Gleason had a gun on his lap while riding in the Explorer, but didn't specifically threaten her or her children.
They ended up in Saline County where troopers tried to stop the vehicle. After a chase down Assaria road, Gleason ran from the car and began shooting. The bullet hit the glass of a patrol car and trooper Ryan Woltin was sprayed with the shattered glass.
Bell also testified about the bullet that hit her. "I felt something hit me in my back and I reached back and when I put it in front of me it was covered in blood. And about the same time my son started screaming and when I turned around his face was covered in blood," Bell said.
Another bullet, believed to be fired by Gleason also hit her son. A KBI officer testified that her son believed it went through his mouth, outside his mouth and into his mother's back. Belle's son put his two sisters on the ground so they wouldn't get hit. A trooper at the scene says the kids were scared to death.
After hearing the testimony, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to hold Gleason over for trial. Gleason's charged with one count of attempted first degree murder, four counts of attempted second degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of criminal discharge into an occupied vehicle.