23-year-old Fort Riley man dead after officer-involved shooting in Junction City

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JUNCTION CITY (WIBW)- One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Junction City Tuesday morning.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the shooting occurred Tuesday morning outside the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1723 McFarland Rd, on the west side of Junction City.

The KBI says officers from the Junction City Police Department were dispatched to conduct a welfare check at a residence on the west side of Junction City around 12:45 p.m. Shortly after arriving at the residence, another call came in reporting an armed disturbance a few blocks away at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. JCPD Chief Dan Breci says an armed male with two handguns walked into the store and encountered two employees.

"They said he pointed the two guns, but I don't think they felt threatened because one of the employees came up to him asking how they could help him... very brave of that Wal-Mart employee," said Breci.

Officers from both Junction City and the Geary County Sheriff's Office found a 23-year-old armed white male on the sidewalk of the north parking lot when they arrived. The man was given commands to drop his weapons, but Breci says the confrontation escalated further and four law enforcement officers fired at the subject.

"We think it came to a bad conclusion but we think our officers out there possibly saved a lot of lives," said Breci.

Breci says the man was a Fort Riley soldier. His identity has not been released.

"I'm so happy that my officers and the public are safe, and the sad fact is someone lost their life," said Breci. "It isn't a day to celebrate and say things went great because they didn't."

The investigation is ongoing, and, as protocol, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist. Any findings will be turned over to the Geary County Attorney for review.

Authorities say an autopsy is tentatively scheduled for late Tuesday.

While KBI investigates, Cheif Breci says a 16 year-old intern with the JCPD was with the officers at the time of the shooting. In addition, four officers are on administrative leave.