TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating after two officer involved shooting incidents occurred Thursday morning in Topeka.
According to a media release, just before 10a.m., the Topeka Police Department requested the KBI conduct an officer involved shooting investigation. It was the second shooting incident that occurred on Thursday involving officers of the Topeka Police Department and a male subject. However, the subject is believed to have only suffered injuries during the second shooting incident.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 9:45 a.m. officers from the Topeka Police Department, and a KBI agent, were investigating the initial shooting scene at SW 32nd St. and SW MacVicar Ave. when a subject appeared matching the description of the suspect who had fired at officers at around 3 a.m. When officers attempted to question him, he ran away which prompted them to pursue him on foot nearby Jardine Elementary and Middle School property.
As officers chased the subject, gunfire was exchanged between the subject and three officers in a parking lot of the Briarwood Condominiums, located west of the intersection of SW MacVicar Ave. and SW Briarwood Plaza. The subject was struck multiple times by gunfire. Officers secured the subject’s gun. No law enforcement officers were injured during the shooting.
EMS responded and transported the subject to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He is expected to recover. The subject has now been identified as 23-year-old Trevon L. Brown of Topeka.
The KBI will complete a thorough and independent investigation into this incident. Once completed, the findings will be turned over to the Shawnee County District Attorney for review.
SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Thursday morning officer-involved shooting and have a suspect in custody.
While officers were on scene investigating the earlier aggravated assault and officer-involved shooting, a male subject, matching the description of the subject in the overnight shooting, approached officers guarding the crime scene near the 3200 block of SW MacVicar in Topeka, according to police spokesperson Gretchen Koenen.
While officers were talking with the subject, his behavior became suspicious. He then fled from officers on foot.
After a brief foot-pursuit near Jardine Elementary and Middle School, the suspect produced a handgun and shot at officers.
Three officers returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times. The officers were then able to safely take the suspect into custody, recover the suspect’s firearm and call for medical response. No police officers were injured in this event.
Officers also notified officials at Jardine to take safety precautions because of the close proximity to the school.
The suspect was then transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The three officers who fired at the suspect have been placed on Administrative Leave, per department policy, until the internal administrative investigation is completed.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation. Authorities have not released the suspect’s name.
SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating and searching for a suspect who shot at officers.
Just before 3a.m. Thursday, police were working on an assignment to address vehicle burglaries in the 2000 Block of SW 33rd in Topeka, according to Lt. Andrew Beightel
Officers saw a subject wearing a white coat, baseball hat and a back pack walking down the sidewalk around the area of 33rd and SW Briarwood.
The initial officer went to turn around in his marked patrol car to try and make a consensual contact with the subject but the suspect fled into the neighborhood to the north.
A few minutes later, other officers spotted the same subject running into the apartment complex at 32nd and Macvicar.
Officers tried to make contact with the subject to investigate his behavior and for lurking and prowling at which point the suspect fled from the officers on foot again. Officers told the suspect to stop but he refused and continued to flee.
The officers pursued the suspect and as they closed in on him he shot at the officers. Two oficers returned fire and took cover. As the suspect fled he continued to shoot at the officers. The suspect was last seen running west bound through the neighborhood near SW 32nd and SW Macvicar. Both Officers are uninjured and at this time it is unknown if the suspect was struck or injured.
Other responding officers quickly set up a perimeter around the area and began looking for the suspect for multiple counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.
As of 11a.m. Thursday, the suspect was still outstanding but officers are continuing to search the area with the assistance of the KHP helicopter and other area law enforcement agencies/assets.
The suspect is described as a male in his twenties with a baseball hat with slightly longer hair that stuck out from his hat.
Per procedure both the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave until the administrative investigation is completed. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will be assisting in the investigative efforts related to this incident.