Shawnee County DA clears Topeka officer involved in February shooting

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced on Friday that no charges will be filed against a Topeka Police Officer, in connection with the shooting of a Topeka man on February 11, 2015.

On that date authorities responded to the 2700 block of SE Madison to a call of a suspicious vehicle. The 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.

Police say 35-year-old Brooke Aaron McLaughlin McLaughlin grabbed for the officers service weapon, a struggle ensued and the officer was able to break free and fire, striking the suspect.

A release from the District Attorney’s office states after a comprehensive review of the investigation performed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the District Attorney has concluded that the officer was acting within the bounds of the law in the performance of his duties when Brooke Aaron McLaughlin was shot and injured.

McLaughlin was booked on February 19th into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery. He appeared in court that same day. His bond was set at $100,000 and his next appearance is for criminal assignment docket on February 26, 2015 at 3 p.m.



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