Man Shot by Topeka Police Dies

The Topeka Police Department announced the death of Michael Blodgett Monday as the result of a officer involved shooting on September 19th. The 61 year-old died Saturday.

According to police reports, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers were responding to the the 600 block of NW Morse to investigate reports of a fight. Officers had received word of a man in white two-door car who was armed.

With the Topeka Police Department's helicopter overhead, a patrol officer approached the car. Blodgett pulled out his gun and refused the officer's orders to drop the weapon.

In response to Blodgett's actions, the officer then fired. He was not injured in the incident and immediately summoned medical assistance. Blodgett was then rushed to a local hospital with what proved to be fatal injuries.

As is routine in such situations, the officer remains on paid administrative leave, while the criminal investigation by the Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office was sent to the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office last week.


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