19-year-old Topeka man shot in officer-involved shooting

TOPEKA (KSNT) – An investigation is underway following an officer-involved shooting in Topeka.

The incident happened near SW 6th & Buchanan Saturday morning. Police have identified the suspect as Joseph Michael Rodriquez, a 19-year-old, black male of Topeka. Rodriquez was involved in several crime scenes throughout Topeka Saturday morning that forced police to use deadly force to stop him.

Around 9:00 Saturday morning, Topeka Police officers were dispatched to domestic disturbance in the 400 block of SW Tyler, where Rodriquez had reportedly strangled a female victim.  A family member who attempted to intervene observed the suspect taking a knife and gun out of the residence.  The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival.

At 11:15 a.m., Topeka Police Officers were dispatched on an attempted carjacking in the 1000 block of SW 5th.  There, officers located a woman that had been cut on her face with a knife.  The suspect fled the area on foot prior to police arrival.

Fifteen minutes later, Topeka Police officers located the Rodriquez on foot in area of SW 6th and Buchanan.  Officers found Rodriquez armed with a handgun. Rodriquez was actively pointing the handgun at bystanders and at police on the scene. According to reports, officers asked Rodriquez to drop the weapon. He refused these orders and was then shot by officers on the scene.  The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is handling this investigation, as is routinely the case in investigations involving Topeka police officers.

Topeka Police officers involved in this shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.  The four officers have a combined 58 years of service on the Topeka Police force.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor was also at the scene following the shooting.


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