July Officer Involved Shooting Update: DA Says Use Of Force Was Justified

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DA Chad Taylor's Office released the following statement Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announces that his office has completed a review of the investigation, conducted by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, of the Topeka Police Officer involved shooting which resulted in the death of Daniel DeLong on July 29, 2013. It is the determination of the District Attorney that the Topeka Police Officer’s use of force was justified as both self defense and defense of others under Kansas law. Therefore, no criminal action will be taken against the officer. The District Attorney’s Office considers the matter closed.

Earlier Reports On This Story:
From the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office:
Daniel E. DeLong, 56, of Topeka, has been identified as the person involved in the incident at the Knightsbridge Manor Apartments on July 29th, 2013. A Topeka Police Officer fired their duty weapon, striking Mr. DeLong, after Mr. DeLong charged officers with a knife. Mr. DeLong was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of his wounds.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller confirmed that a knife-wielding subject was shot and killed by an officer Monday morning.

Police reported around 9:20 a.m. to the Knightsbridge Manor Apartments at 501 S.W. Franklin, on a check welfare call. They arrived on scene by 9:35.

A male individual, the subject of the check welfare call, charged the officers who retreated down a hallway but were chased by the subject who was carrying a knife, according to Chief Miller. One officer fired multiple shots striking the subject who died on the scene.

Three officers were on scene at the time of the incident. They did attempt to provide medical assistance, according to Chief Miller.

The three officers on scene were not injured. One of them was trained in crisis intervention, Miller told reporters.

The entire incident was caught on a body camera worn by one officer.

Because Topeka Police were involved in the shooting, the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office will investigate the incident.

The officer who fired shots will be placed on administrative leave. Police Chief Ron Miller said he will decide later if the two others will be placed on administrative leave.

The subject lived in the apartment complex. Chief Miller was unsure if subject had a previous criminal record.

The identities of the officers and subject are not being released at this time.

This is the first time since December 16, 2012 that Topeka Police have shot a subject. Dec. 16 is when two officers were shot and killed by a suspect in a Topeka Dillons store parking lot.

More info will be posted as it becomes available.