TOPEKA (KSNT) – The subject involved in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday has been identified as 35-year-old Brooke Aaron McLaughlin of Topeka.
KBI tells KSNT News the female subject is not being identified at this time.
Topeka police officers and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in southeast Topeka Wednesday.
Authorities responded to the 2700 block of SE Madison at 10:30 a.m. to a call of a suspicious vehicle. An officer approached the vehicle and obtained identification on the two occupants inside. The license tag on the vehicle was reported back to the officer as stolen. The officer then re-contacted the driver.
According to a news release McLaughlin grabbed for the officers service weapon, a struggle ensued and the officer was able to break free and fire, striking the suspect.
Topeka Police tell KSNT News McLaughlin was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Aaren Meckling who lives just 50 yards from the alley heard the gun shot when she was sitting in her house with her young son. She told KSNT News she immediately called 911, but is now considering moving out.
“This neighborhood has been a blessing to me an my family, and the landlord at my place has been a blessing to my family, and so I will probably just ask him if he has a nicer place in another neighborhood,” Meckling, called 911 said.
When KSNT News asked the Topeka Police if the officer involved would be on administrative leave, they said it was too early to comment but they did say that is a typical procedure anytime an incident like this occurs.
KBI reports that McLaughlin continues to be in stable condition.