Topeka Shooting Suspects Arrested in Nebraska Following Gunfight

By: Josh Mabry/Chelsey Moran/Sarah Plake/Chris Fisher
By: Josh Mabry/Chelsey Moran/Sarah Plake/Chris Fisher

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Police have arrested the man who they say shot and killed a man in Topeka Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Engstrom, age 33 of Topeka, has been arrested in Nebraska. Engstrom was taken into custody by Johnson County Nebraska Sheriff’s Office after he robbed a convenience store and had two gunfights with law enforcement. During those encounters, one deputy was shot and suffered a non-life threatening injury.

On Wednesday, authorities responded to a shooting at the Tedman Apartments, located at 1255 SW Topeka Blvd Apt #21 around 2:30 p.m.

Ricky Mitchell, 35 of Topeka was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died. The second victim, Bridget Gakle, 28, of Topeka, was also transported to a local hospital. She had non-life threatening injuries.

Engstrom is reported to have an address in Gardner, Kan. in the past.

He was seen with a 34-year-old female who is 5'4, 350 lbs. She is Jamie Maria Russsel, who is considered a person of interest. The second is a 14-year-old female. The whereabouts of the two women is still unknown.

Detectives confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the suspect and the two females were in a white 4-door 2009 Ford Focus with a temporary tag.

Police said the incident was a targeting shooting and not a random attack.

The Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter was called in to search the area for the shooting suspect.

Topeka High School was placed on lockdown for a short time as a precautionary measure following the incident. Staff at Quinton Heights Elementary were also made aware of the situation.

Stay with WIBW-TV and for the latest on this developing story.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 191080011 -
Gray Television, Inc.