Shooting 5 Year-Old's Abductor Didn't Break Laws, Leavenworth Co. Atty.

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- The Leavenworth County attorney says police officers who shot at a suspect who had abducted a 5-year-old girl did not violate any laws.

The Kansas City Star reports that County Attorney Todd Thompson didn't say Friday if it was police gunfire that hit the child, who died in the July 18 incident. Authorities haven't said how the child died.

Authorities have said two officers fired at the suspect, Marcas McGowan, after he led police on a chase with the child, Cadence Harris, and pointed a gun at police.

McGowan is charged with felony murder and other charges in the child's death. The charges allege McGowan is responsible for the death because it occurred while he was fleeing police and endangering a child.

McGowan's next court hearing is Sept. 10.

Posted by Greg Palmer