Suspect in Custody Identified in Tiller Shooting is a 1976 graduate of Topeka High

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Law enforcement authorities in suburban Kansas City have identified a man detained by police after late-term abortion provider George Tiller was shot to death in a Wichita church.

Johnson County sheriff's spokesman Tom Erickson said Scott Roeder was the man whose car was stopped on Interstate 35 on Sunday, about three hours after the shooting. Earlier in the day, Wichita police said the suspect was a 51-year-old man from Merriam, Kan., but they refused to identify him by name.

Roeder has not been charged in the slaying, but he was expected to be taken to Wichita for questioning.

The 67-year-old Tiller was serving as an usher during morning services when he was shot in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church. Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said a gunman fired one shot at Tiller and threatened two other people who tried to stop him.

Wichita police have refused to identify the suspect, saying charges were expected Monday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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