Officers Arrest One Person, Shoot Dog While Investigating Driveby

By: Josh Mabry/Melissa Brunner
By: Josh Mabry/Melissa Brunner
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An investigation into a driveby shooting Wednesday landed one person behind bars and lead to the shooting death of a dog.

Topeka Police officers responded around 2 pm Wednesday to reports of two cars exchanging gunfire near SW 17th and Western, near the Kansas Expocentre. Police found about 10 shell casings in the area.

While looking for suspects and the vehicles, Lt. Ron Gish says four officers were charged by an 80-pound dog in the 1600 block of SW Polk. Gish says the officers deemed the animal to be a viable threat to their safety and fired their weapons in self defense. The dog was killed.

As for the driveby report, police say witnesses reported seeing an individual from one vehicle run to a house in the 1600 block of Western and a second vehicle with two passengers flee the scene.

Police identified the man taken into custody as 25-year-old Jermel Robbins, Sr. Lt. Gish says Robbins was the man seen fleeing a vehicle and he was found hiding in a house. Robbins was booked into jail Wednesday night on an unrelated weapons charge.

Several people in the area at the time of the shooting said they ran and took cover. Another witness said shots hit their home.

Portions of 17th Street and Western Avenue were closed as crews worked the crime scene.

Anyone with information on Wednesday's incident are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.


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