TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A Topeka Police detective hit by gunfire in an exchange with a robbery suspect is continuing to recover after being hit in the leg and the abdomen. TPD has yet to publicly name the injured officer, although the department has said he’s expected to fully recover. The suspect who was also hit in the gunfight is still alive but does have life-threatening injuries. Police say they have yet to be able to officially identify the suspect who was shot and now fighting to survive. A TPD spokesman said Sunday that the suspect had not been cooperative and had no identification on him for officers and hospital staff to know who he is.
Meanwhile, KSNT News has learned that the second robbery suspect who was arrested is also a registered sex offender from Manhattan. Twenty-eight-year-old Jermaine T. Patton was booked into the Shawnee County jail Saturday night for aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana and felony interference with law enforcement officers. Patton, who goes by the nickname “Baby Jay”, was arrested and convicted a decade ago this month on a felony sex charge. He was convicted of the unlawful, lewd fondling and touching of a 15-year-old girl. The incident happened in Manhattan, and he was convicted as a juvenile in Riley County. Patton’s registration as a sex offender is due to end in December 2017.
It was just more than two years ago that Topeka Police lost an officer in the line-of-duty. Corporal Jason Harwood was shot and killed by a man during a traffic stop. Nearly four years ago next month, two other TPD officers were also killed in the line-of-duty. Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian were responding to a call at a Topeka grocery store.