UPDATED: Teen In Critical Condition After Shootout With Warsaw Police

Anita Campbell
Enterprise Staff

UPDATED: A teenage boy is in critical condition after a shootout in Warsaw with the Warsaw Chief of Police Jason Wenberg. 

The incident began when a 16 year old boy stole a car belonging to Robert Chapman of Warsaw. Chief Wenberg spotted a suspect in that case at 9 AM Friday on Main Street in Warsaw. The suspect was pursued by authorities and when confronted, the teenager shot and injured Chief Wenberg. Wenberg returned fire and hit the suspect in the face. The teenager was flown by Life Flight to Columbia. Wenberg was taken by ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton where he was treated and released.
The incident began on Thursday night when the 16 year old former Kansas resident was spotted driving the Chapman car which had been reported stolen. Benton County deputies gave chase. The teenager took the northbound exit while driving south, jumped out of the car and ran off in the woods near Lost Valley Fish Hatchery. According to Warsaw Superintendent Shawn Poyser, the teenager is not a student at WHS.
Benton County deputies searched the woods with dogs near the Fish Hatchery but did not find the suspect.

  Jason Wenberg was named to fill the position of Warsaw Chief of Police at a February 12th City Council meeting, replacing David Jones who retired in December 2017. Wenberg has served as a Warsaw police officer since September 2006, becoming Coporal in 2012 and Sergeant in 2017. He was the recipient of a Letter of Commendation in 2015 when he rescued a man from a burning apartment complex in Warsaw. 
“Wenberg is an outstanding officer, and since the retirement of David Jones, was the preferred choice to take the helm of the Police Department,” said Warsaw Mayor Eddie Simons. “He has had a very distinguished career, and I look forward to him being in the position for a long time.”
Wenberg graduated from high school in Overland Park, Kansas, and moved to Warsaw in 2002. He carried out a childhood dream of serving in law enforcement when he attended the Missouri Sheriffs Association Training Academy from 2005 until 2006. Some of his duties in the police department have been to serve as Field Training Officer and Taser Instructor.