October 6, 2022

Dodge City teen’s arrested after drive-by shooting/gang fight


Dodge City, Kan (WesternKansasNews.Com) -On Wednesday, June 8th the Dodge City Police Department learned a large fight had occurred near the Hoover Pavilion around 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 7th. The fight involved several males who were beating a 15-year-old male. During the fight, the 15-year-old fell to the ground and was punched and kicked several times by the other males. Detectives began working on the investigation and quickly determined the fight was gang-related and were able to identify several suspects and witnesses.

On 6-9-2022, Detectives arrested a 15-year-old male for Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery. On 6-14-2022, Detectives arrested a second 15-year-old male after obtaining an arrest warrant for the charges of Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery. Detectives also arrested 27-year-old Michael Cory Cruz of Dodge City after obtaining an arrest warrant for the charges of Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery. Cruz was booked into the Ford County Jail. The juveniles were sent to Juvenile Detention.


Detectives believe the fight led to a drive-by shooting in retaliation, that occurred later in the evening on 6-7-2022 in the 1200 block of 12th Avenue. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and we are asking the public for any information they may have on either case.