Multiple officers on administrative leave after Topeka officer involved shooting

Wannamaker Rd bridge over I-70 closed by officers after police involved shooting. April 10, 2015

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Three Topeka Police Officers and one Capitol Police member are on administrative leave after an officer involved shooting took place late Friday night in Topeka according to Mark Malick from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Just after 10 p.m. Friday Topeka Police officers responded to a carjacking at the Hyvee at 6011 SW 29th Street. The suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Richard B. Reed of Maple Hill fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

After 11 p.m. An off duty uniformed Topeka police officer in a marked patrol vehicle attempted to stop Reed. Police say Reed lost control of the vehicle resulting in an accident in the 2000 block of Auburn Road, he then immediately opened fire at the officer and fled the scene.

(KSNT Photo/Bob Thibault)
(KSNT Photo/Bob Thibault)

Reed then carjacked another vehicle and fled from the 2000 block of Auburn Road. A short time later, Reed encountered officers at I-70 and Wanamaker Road, which resulted in an officer’s patrol vehicle and a civilian’s vehicle being rammed by Reed.

Police say he then opened fire at several Topeka Police and Capital Police officers as they arrived on the scene. Officers returned fire, striking Reed who was then transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Anyone with information are asked to call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9200 or Crime Stoppers at 785 234-0007.

 

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