Two juveniles in custody after shots fired during early-morning incident in southwest Topeka

Topeka police early Tuesday were guarding a vehicle that had been reported stolen following an incident in the 4000 block of S.W. 28th Terrace.
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 6:07 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two juveniles were taken into custody early Tuesday after shots were fired outside a residence during an incident in southwest Topeka, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 2 a.m. in the area of the 4000 block of S.W. 28th Terrace. The location was just northwest of S.W. 29th and Gage Boulevard.

Authorities said officers were called to the scene on a report of gunfire in the area.

Topeka police Lt. Manny Munoz said that upon their arrival, officers found a victim who had seen someone prowling around his property.

Munoz said the victim went outside to investigate and was confronted by two suspects, one of whom fired a gun at him. There was no report of the victim being struck by gunfire. Munoz said the victim in the incident wasn’t injured.

Officers who responded to the scene located two suspects in the area and attempted to stop them, Munoz said.

However, both suspects fled from officers and tried unsuccessfully to break into an occupied home in the area.

Both suspects then fled again, this time north across the Shunga Creek. Police took the pair into custody on the north side of the creek.

Munoz said both suspects were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated for exposure.

Following their release from the hospital, both boys were booked into the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center in connection with aggravated assault; aggravated burglary; burglary; theft; and possession of stolen property

During the investigation, Munoz said, officers located several cars in the area that had been burglarized.

In one of those burglaries, one of the suspects stole a gun that was left in the vehicle.

Munoz said officers believe that gun was used to assault the initial victim.

Munoz added that the gun was located later following an “extensive search.”

Police at the scene said a silver Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle that had been reported stolen also was located at the scene.

An officer remained past 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of S.W. 28th Terrace as a wrecker had been called to move the vehicle.

It wasn’t immediately known if the vehicle was connected to the incident in which the two boys were taken into custody.

Additional details weren’t immediately available.

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