Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Structure Fire in Rural Bates County Leads to Multiple Charges for Butler Resident

 On 11/3/2023 Deputies were dispatched to 4082 NE Country Road 1004, Butler, in reference to a structure fire. Deputies arrived to find a small structure fully engulfed in flames. 


Deputies made contact with the reporting party who stated he lived in the structure and he attempted to put the fire out with a hose but due to ammunition exploding in the structure.

Butler Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. Once the Fire Department finished the scene was turned back over to the Sheriff's Office. The reporting party was identified as Tyler G Havens. 

Mr. Havens is a convicted felon with a disqualified firearms status. Havens admitted that he was in possession of firearms in the structure he resided in. Havens left the scene shortly after providing the statement. 

 A computer check of the truck in the driveway revealed that it was stolen out of Kansas City Missouri along with a motorcycle on the property that was stolen out of Lees Summit. Those items were recovered and Butler Police located Havens at a residence in the City of Butler and was taken into custody.

Later that day Investigators from the Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on the property to recover the firearms from the fire and to search for any other stolen items not in plain view of the Deputies.

A warrant was issued for Havens for 3 counts of Unlawful use of a weapon by being in possession of a firearm of a felon. Additional charges for the stolen property has been applied for and is being reviewed by the Prosecutor's Office.

Havens bond was set at $30,000 cash or surety and he was able to post bond.

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