Kenneth William Shults, the subject of a manhunt that began on Sunday, February 16, has been taken into custody.
Taylor County deputies located Shults at the Alamo Motel on South 1st. He is in the Taylor County Jail on first degree felony charges of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant and Aggravated Robbery. His bonds total $150,000.
02/19/14 3:57 p.m. Update
Detective Tommy Pope held a press conference at the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the efforts involved in the attempt to locate and apprehend Kenneth William Shults who is wanted in Taylor County for Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon.
Pope expressed that there is concern about Shults’ motives based on the fact that he has had opportunities to leave the area, but hasn’t chosen to do so. This, along with other factors, has lead officers to fear Shults may be suicidal.
At both the beginning and end of the conference, Pope emphasized that authorities wanted to get this information out to the public because they wish the public to be safe and knowledgeable. Shults is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if seen; however, Pope also explained that while the public should be cautious, they do not believe Shults is targeting anyone and has so far restricted any criminal actions to family since he has been on the run.
Pope also highlighted the actions Shults has taken beginning on Sunday, February 16. For more on these details, watch the video above, or read the below release sent out by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning.
02/19/14 1:50 p.m. Update
Eula and Clyde schools were under a soft lockdown Wednesday morning as a precaution as police continue to search for Kenneth Shults.
However, Eula called off the soft lockdown earlier Wednesday afternoon.
Clyde schools are still on a soft lockdown just as a precaution.
02/19/14 10:50 a.m. Update: TCSO Releases Details on Search for Kenneth Shults
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has released information on the suspect in the Tuesday night chase that lead to an ongoing manhunt:
On Sunday, 2-16-14, during the early morning hours, Kenneth William Shults, a white male, date of birth, 11-12-84, is believed to have robbed a patron of a north Abilene game room, taking the man’s pickup and cell phone at gunpoint, when the victim could not come up with any money. The robbery took place north of Abilene, in Taylor County. The victim was able to escape by jumping a fence and running into a field.
Deputies soon spotted the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit led back to the Allsups at 4600 Pine St., where Shults abandoned the victim’s vehicle and sped away on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, striking the open door of a patrol unit. In addition, a Deputy, narrowly escaped injury by jumping from the path of the motorcycle. After a lengthy chase, Shults escaped on the motorcycle in southern Shackleford County.
On February 18th, at about 5:30 pm, Detectives received information indicating that Shults was hiding in a house in southwest Abilene. Deputies and narcotics agents established surveillance on the house. Before the information could be confirmed, Shults jumped into a red Chevrolet pickup, driven by an unidentified man, and sped away. Another chase led Deputies to a rural area of southern Shackleford County, where the driver wrecked the pickup, and the 2 occupants ran into the brush in a sparsely populated area. The driver’s identity has not yet been confirmed.
Taylor County Deputies were assisted by several other surrounding agencies, including, but not limited to Abilene Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Shackleford County Sheriff’s Department, Callahan County Sheriff’s Department, and Taylor County Constable’s Office.
Neither man was located, and the search was suspended until daylight the following day.
On 2-19-14, it was reported to authorities that Shults was responsible for another home invasion robbery, in southern Shackleford County, during which he broke into a relative’s home and took her car at gunpoint.
Kenneth William Shults, 29, is currently wanted by Taylor County, for Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon. His bonds total $150,000.
The public is asked to remain alert and cautious until Shults is apprehended. He should be considered armed, dangerous, and possibly suicidal. If seen, please contact the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, immediately. Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers at 325-676-8477, and remain anonymous.
02/19/14 9:24 a.m. Update
Police have been unable to locate the suspect at this time.
The silver vehicle has been returned to the original owner.
02/19/14 8:32 a.m. Update
Police have resumed the search for a suspect who escaped from the scene early Wednesday morning after a high speed chase ending on Shackelford County Road 150.
They were searching for a stolen silver Chevrolet Malibu which was located early Wednesday morning at the Hamby Fire Department, but it was unoccupied.
Police are now searching the surrounding area.
02/18/14 Original Story
Law enforcement officers searched for a man after a high speed chase in the rural areas of three counties Tuesday night into early Wednesday.
Officers began chasing a pickup truck in Abilene, because a passenger was believed to have been involved in an aggravated robbery. The chase continued on Highway 351, northeast of Abilene into Shackelford County.
There was an accident on a sharp curve on Shackelford County Road 150, and the man or men in the truck got out and ran away from the scene.
Shackelford County Sheriff, Ed Miller, advised people who live in that area to lock their doors, turn on their lights, and to not answer the door unless it's an identified officer.
There was a warrant for the man's arrest in Taylor County.
Officers found weapons in the abandoned vehicle. Several officers from Taylor, Callahan and Shackelford Counties joined in the search.
There was a police dog from the Abilene Police Department and a Department of Public Safety helicopter crew, but they did not find the person.
They called off the search for the night about 1 a.m. Wednesday.