Two people shot, seriously injured in southwestern Douglas County

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Two people suffered gunshot wounds during a disturbance at a home in southwestern Douglas County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies were dispatched at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday to a home in the 900 block of East 543 Road, scanner reports indicated.

“Deputies were dispatched to the residence at 2:10 a.m. after a 47-year-old man advised he and a 45-year-old woman were shot inside the residence,” George Diepenbrock, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said via email Wednesday morning. “Witnesses and those involved described the incident occurring during a family dispute. As they arrived, deputies encountered a vehicle leaving the property and conducted high-risk vehicle stop, where they took one person into custody for an interview.”

The two gunshot victims were taken by ground ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that are serious but not believed to be life-threatening, Diepenbrock said.

“After conducting interviews with witnesses, deputies arrested a 20-year-old rural Lawrence man, associated with the vehicle stop, on suspicion of two counts of aggravated battery,” Diepenbrock said. “A 24-year-old McFarland man was also booked on suspicion of domestic battery in connection with the incident.”

The red pin on the map indicates the approximate location of the shooting.

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