Manhattan shooter identified as KSU Research Associate

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) — The suspect who shot an officer during a Manhattan standoff on Friday has been identified by police.

According to an arrest report from the Riley County Police Department, 38-year-old Mark J. Harrison is being held at the Riley County Jail on a $2 million bond pursuant to a charge of attempted capital murder.

Jeff Morris, Vice President for Communications and Marketing at Kansas State University, confirmed with KSNT News that Harrison is a research associate for Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering at the university.

Morris and the university would not comment any further on the incident.

Around 12:30 Friday afternoon, Riley County Police responded to a report of a domestic situation in the 3700 block of Hawthorne Woods Circle. When officers arrived on scene, police said there was an active shooter situation.

According to Riley County Police, the first officer on scene was shot by Harrison. The officer was then taken to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to be okay. Officers returned fire but Harrison was not hit.

Police said Harrison walked out of the house a couple hours later and was taken into custody just before 3 p.m.

No other injuries were reported and police said the situation ended peacefully.

RCPD said it has asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to lead the investigation into the shooting of the officer and the discharge of a firearm during the barricade incident.

Bergman Elementary School, located south of the scene was placed on lockdown while officer’s worked the scene.

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 reported just after 2 p.m. that students who lived in the area and were bused to school, would not be able to be transported home Friday afternoon. The school district said schools called parents and asked that students be picked up at school.

“Families that live in that neighborhood will not be able to go home.”

Manhattan High School was reported to be making intercom announcements about the situation for student drivers that live in the area.

“We are asking those students to contact their parent or parents for further instructions.”

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