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Topeka man in jail after fleeing from fugitive task force

Tommy Lynn Sherrill Jr., 26, of Topeka, was booked into the Shawnee County Jail after his arrest Monday evening by the Kansas Fugitive Task Force, authorities said.
Tommy Lynn Sherrill Jr., 26, of Topeka, was booked into the Shawnee County Jail after his arrest Monday evening by the Kansas Fugitive Task Force, authorities said.(Submitted)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 7:49 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A 26-year-old Topeka man is behind bars on Tuesday following his arrest Monday evening by the Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, officials said.

According to Jerry Viera, supervisory deputy for the Kansas Fugitive Task Force, Sherill was arrested in East Topeka after he noticed surveillance around the 1300 block of S.E. California Avenue.

Viera said Sherrill took off in his vehicle, drove through a ditch and wrecked his car in about the 100 blk of S.E. Market.

Sherrill then bailed out of his damaged car and fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended, officials said, and no injuries were reported.

In the process of fleeing, Viera said, Sherrill rammed a United States Marshals Service vehicle.

Viera said Sherrill drove at a high rate of speed during the incident, but added that the United States Marshals Service wasn’t chasing him.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the apprehension.

Officials said Sherrill had a Shawnee County warrant for felon in possession of a firearm; aggravated battery; possession of narcotics; and fleeing and eluding.

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Sherrill was booked into the Shawnee County Jail at 8 p.m. Monday.

Accoridng to jail records, he was being held in connection with multiple offenses including drug possession; fleeing or attempting to elude; reckless driving; aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer; and interference with a law enforcement officer.

He also was being held on a warrant from a 2018 case charging him with fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

Additionally, Sherrill was being held on a 2019 warrant charging him with multiple offenses including aggravated battery; criminal possession of a firearm by a felon; drug possession; fleeing or attempting to elude; and reckless driving.

According to WIBW records, Sherrill was arrested on March 1, 2019, following a police chase in which the car he was driving allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into a vehicle at S.E. 25th and Kentucky.

In that instance, both Sherrill and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment of what were described as minor injuries, according to Topeka police officials.

Sherrill was arrested in the March 2019 incident in connection with offenses that included aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer; felony fleeing and eluding; felony obstruction; and a felony warrant.

Sherrill also was arrested Feb. 21, 2018, at a Topeka motel in connection with criminal threat, theft and a warrant for probation violations that prompted a manhunt two weeks before his capture.

The manhunt, which started in the Montara area just south of Topeka, resulted in two nearby elementary schools, Pauline South and Pauline Central, stepping up their security in response to the search.

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