Man found shot inside crashed car; TPD asking for help identifying this woman

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka Police are investigating the 3rd homicide of 2018 after a man was found shot in a crashed car.

Officers found the white car near SW 22nd Pk. and Mulvane just after midnight Sunday morning. Officers found the car crashed into a tree line along 22nd Park. The unidentified man suffered from a gunshot wound to the head.

On Sunday morning, police released several photos asking for help identifying the woman pictured as well as an SUV she may have been riding in. They are asking anyone who recognizes her to call the Topeka Police Dept. Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

A witness to the homicide, Bruce Reynolds, told 13 NEWS he and a friend ran into the suspected shooter at the Kwik Shop near SW 21st and Randolph.

Reynolds said a verbal exchange at the store motivated his friend to follow the shooter’s vehicle. He said the man who was driving the car he was in, made comments about the woman, and the man she was with became upset and started showing off a gun.

Later, they rear ended the vehicle near SW 22nd Park and Mulvane just after midnight. Their car slid off the road into a tree line along 22nd Park.
That’s when Reynolds said the man fired, killing his friend.

“He shot through my window and through the door,” said Reynolds. “I had bullet holes in my jacket. It grazed my hand a little but I was just lucky to get out of there with my life. He started loading another clip up and coming after me. I guess he knew I was a witness. He didn’t hesitate the first time so I wasn’t going to take a chance on the second time.”

Police heard gunshots in the area and had seen someone running toward Washburn University shortly after the shooting.

Washburn University Police sent a text warning to those on campus saying, "Washburn Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting off campus who may have fled onto the campus. Please shelter in place until further details available.”

It was later determined that Reynolds was the man running, and the University sent an all-clear notice.

Shell casings were found in the intersection as well as evidence that the two vehicles collided. Reynolds says the woman was driving the SUV that was in the pictures released by police.

Topeka Police confirmed for 13 NEWS that Reynolds was questioned and released.

Officers still are searching for the woman pictured, and the man who was in the SUV with her.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.