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Kan. Man Accused of Shooting Parents

February 20, 2000

HOYT, Kan. (AP) _ Investigators believe a 27-year-old man shot his parents to death, set their home on fire and then died in the rural Kansas blaze.

Three people were found dead Friday night at the scene of a standoff that began with the wounding of a sheriff’s deputy and ended in a fire that destroyed the house about 15 miles north of Topeka.

The house was allowed to burn down because authorities said they were afraid firefighters would be shot if they approached.

Sheriff’s Deputy John Schoen had been sent to the house after the woman’s employer reported that she failed to show up to work. The officer, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, entered the house and was hit in the chest with what apparently was a shotgun blast, said Sheriff Daina Durham.

Following the shooting, a 911 call was made from the house by a man who said, ``I shot your officer ... send me more,″ Durham said.

Other officers responded to the scene, and a second 911 call was received from the house in which a man requested a negotiator. A gunshot was heard later and the house caught fire, Durham said.

Schoen suffered wounds in his arms, hands and face that were described as not life-threatening. His police dog was killed in the shooting.

Investigators tentatively identified the man whose body was found inside the house as Ilesh Ashok Abdir. The bodies of a man and woman, presumed to be his parents, were found about 500 yards away. They were tentatively identified as Snettalata Shimpi, 58, and Ashok Shimpi, 59.

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