Identity Of Suspect Released In Deputy-Involved Shooting

By: Marques White
By: Marques White

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home in the 1900-block of N.W. 39th at approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning, to investigate a reported domestic disturbance call made to 911.

When deputies arrived, they were confronted by David Kershaw, 45. Kershaw was on the front porch, armed with a handgun. Other deputies responded to assist with securing the area, while deputies negotiated with the Kershaw.

Captain Jerry Stanley with the Topeka Police Department wrote in a press release that negotiations continued for about one hour, when Kershaw fired his handgun at deputies.

"Shots were fired by law enforcement, leaving the 45-year-old suspect with injuries, considered non-life threatening. He was transported to a local hospital. The deputies were not injured," wrote Stanley.

"At the request of Sheriff Barta, the investigation into the discharge of firearm(s) by Shawnee sheriff personnel is being conducted by the Topeka Police Department, and will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office for review," wrote Stanley. The deputy involved has 8 years experience, and is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Officials say the investigation could take several days.

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