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KBI investigating homicide in Chanute; Requesting Public Assistance

Judd Weil-News Director


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Chanute Police Department are investigating a homicide that occurred early Monday, July 25 in Chanute, Kan.

The Chanute Police Department requested KBI assistance early Monday morning at approximately 2:05 a.m. KBI agents responded to the scene to investigate.

The investigation found at around 12:20 a.m., a female subject called 911 after hearing a gunshot. When officers responded to the area they found a male bystander conducting CPR on a man who had been shot in an alley, east of 1706 S. Highland.

EMS took over life-saving measures. The victim was later identified as Blake A. Pearson, 34, of Topeka, Kan.

EMS transported Pearson to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, but he was pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Chanute Police Department at 620-431-5768. Tips can also be submitted online at

“An autopsy has been scheduled,” KBI stated “The investigation is ongoing.”

KBI stated nothing further will be released at this time.

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