Father of slain Kansas man describes shooting

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — The foster father of an 18-year-old man killed by Kansas officers says his son was approaching authorities when he was fatally shot.

William Bruton tells KAKE-TV that Joseph Jennings was shot in his chest and legs Saturday night.

Witness Houston Harris says officers had their weapons drawn and told Jennings to “get down.”

Ottawa police say officers and deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of someone with a gun in a hardware store parking lot. It’s unclear if Jennings was armed.

Jennings’ aunt previously said he suffered from depression and likely antagonized police in an effort to get them to shoot him.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting. The officers have been placed on administrative leave.


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