TOPEKA (KSNT) – A bridge in Topeka is still now open after being closed Friday night in to Saturday morning for an officer involved shooting incident late Friday night.
Topeka Police say around 10:24 p.m. officers responded to a reported carjacking at 6011 SW 29th. The suspect had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. The suspect is being identified as Richard B. Reed, 38-year-old man from Maple Hill.
Just after 11 p.m. an off duty uniformed Topeka police officer in a marked patrol vehicle attempted to stop an erratic driver who subsequently was determined to be the carjacker from the prior event. Police say the suspect lost control of the vehicle resulting in an accident in the 2000 block of Auburn Road. The suspect then immediately opened fire at the officer and fled the scene.
The suspect then carjacked another vehicle and fled from the 2000 block of Auburn Road. Police report a short time later, the suspect encountered officers at I-70 and Wanamaker Road, which resulted in an officer’s patrol vehicle and a civilian’s vehicle being rammed by the suspect.
Police say the suspect opened fire at several Topeka Police and Capital Police officers as they arrived on the scene. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect who was then transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
A source tells KSNT News that the suspect was taken to Stormont-Vail after he was shot by officers nine times.
The incident is currently under investigation and KSNT News will continue to update as additional information is released.
Anyone with information are asked to call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9200 or Crime Stoppers at 785 234-0007.