Sheriff: Protection order likely sparked Kansas factory shooting

NEWTON, Kansas (KSN) – Authorities say Cedric Ford, the man who opened fire on the central Kansas factory where he worked was served with a protection from abuse order shortly before the attack.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said Friday that the sheriff’s office served the suspect with the order at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and that he thinks it was likely what triggered the attack, which began about 90 minutes later.

He says such orders are typically served “because there’s some type of violence in a relationship,” but he declined to specify the nature of the relationship in question.

Walton says the Ford shot two people while driving to the Excel Industries plant in Hesston where he worked and shot another person in the parking lot before going inside. He says the man shot 15 others in the lawnmower parts factory, killing three of them, before a Hesston police officer shot him dead.

Walton says numerous law enforcement agencies are working the investigation.

Excel Industries
Excel Industries (KSN Photo)
Excel Industries
Excel Industries (KSN Photo)

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