TOPEKA (KSNT) – Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones and Topeka Police Department Chief Tony Kirk held a news conference Monday afternoon at the Law Enforcement Center in Topeka to provide an update on Sunday’s fatal shooting of Topeka Police Department Corporal Jason Harwood.
At the conference Sheriff Jones said that with the arrest of both Ross Preston Lane, the suspect accused of shooting Cpl. Harwood and Randy Allen Riden Jr., the man suspected in aiding Lane, law enforcement is confident there is no danger to people in the community.
Around 4:45 Sunday afternoon Cpl. Harwood stopped a car in east Topeka at 6th and Deer Creek, and in the middle of the stop Cpl. Harwood was shot. Authorities said the car then drove away. According to the Shawnee County Sheriff, Cpl. Harwood was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time he was shot and that there was more than one individual in the vehicle.
Sheriff Jones says citizens who first witnessed Cpl. Harwood wounded, attempted CPR and tried to assist with his injuries. He was then transported to Stormont Vail Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5 p.m.
“The witnesses that stopped to help Cpl. Harwood are heroes,” says Sheriff Jones.
No funeral arrangements have been made yet for Cpl. Harwood.
“The feeling is the same it was yesterday,” says Deputy Chief Kirk. “We are a family and we will get through this, but it is tough.”
Sheriff Jones says there will be a vigil at 8 p.m. Monday at the Fallen Officers Memorial to honor Cpl. Harwood and the public is invited to attend.
“This is a tragedy to our community,” says Sheriff Jones.
Sheriff Jones says that this is a continuing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.