Topeka reports fewest homicides in nearly a decade

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka has recorded the lowest number of homicides in nearly a decade with seven reported in 2014 in the Kansas city.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that’s the fewest slayings since 2005, which also had seven.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation records show 11 homicides occurred in 2013. There were 15 in 2012 and 2011, the highest number of slayings in the past decade.

Killings in 2014 include the fatal shooting of Topeka police Cpl. Jason Harwood, who was shot while making a car stop Sept. 7. Ross Preston Lane was charged with capital murder for 15-year police veteran’s death.

Wichita police also fatally shot an armed man after he pointed his gun at police. Officers shot Joseph Michael Rodriquez on Dec. 13 when he refused to drop his weapon.

 

 

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