Officer-involved shooting shakes neighborhood

Some North Topeka residents are shaken after an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon. One man was injured and taken to the hospital, according to Shawnee County Undersheriff Terry Maple.

Neighbors say that activity is rare for the area. Longtime friends Connie Mah and Russ Tidwell have lived at Caravan Mobile Home Park for years.

“We’ve been in North Topeka our whole lives and this is, like the most comfortable and quiet place you could ask for,” Mah says. But that was different Monday, at about 1:15 Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputies were helping the Federal Fugitive Task Force serve a felony warrant at a trailer.

“As they entered the building, they encountered a subject hiding in the trailer and there was a shot fired, which struck the subject by one of our officer,” Maple says.

Maple adds, the man was shot in the leg and brought to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. What led to the shooting remains unclear.

“I do know that it was a high risk felony warrant and that the subject they were looking for was considered dangerous,” Maple says.

The manager of the park says the man who was shot was staying with a woman who lives in the trailer. The manager says he called police about a different issue Monday morning, notifying them where the man was.

“I didn’t know there was somebody out here with a warrant,” Mah says, adding the park has changed over the years.

“The people are all nice, they look out for each other and everybody’s trying to keep it clean, like I mean, you can tell if you look at pictures from years ago, this was a mess and all these trailers, they fixed them all back up,” she says.

Tidwell says activity like this is uncommon for the area.

“That’s the only thing I worry about, is my children, make sure they’re not getting in the crossfire when something like this happens,” Tidwell says.

The deputy who shot the man is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard protocol. The Topeka Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation, which is also protocol in officer-involved shootings, Maple says.

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