WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Law enforcement officials from several agencies were involved in the search for Kamden Campos on Monday. Campos was arrested and reportedly accused of shooting a 2-year-old while his girlfriend was running away.
Kansas Highway Patrol used a plane to search for the suspect, and KSN News learned that some of the plane’s equipment was not working.
The soldiers said their camera failed and with outdated equipment they said Monday’s success was a happy exception.
“To be in a position where we rely on luck, and you know the impact, as much as we are our skills, is terrifying,” Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Sage Hill said.
Trooper Hill said they need to quickly decide how to help when their camera isn’t working on Monday.
“It didn’t take long for us to come to the conclusion that you can’t hurt the kids in Kansas and the Highway Patrol isn’t throwing you absolutely every tool in our resource.”
He added that they chose to fly their plane at low altitude and use their sight to locate the suspect.
“That’s what happened yesterday. We were lucky.
Trooper Hill said they need upgraded equipment so they can continue to help in serious situations. KSN News has contacted the state about the fleet upgrades, but has yet to receive a response.
“I’m not sure if any of the unit members I’m serving with have ever seen it working properly,” Hill said. “It’s way beyond his life expectancy.”
Trooper Hill said the airline fleet plans to continue pushing for upgrades, saying they are necessary for public safety and investigations.