Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Topeka
A suspect is dead after being shot by a KHP trooper Tuesday morning when he would not stop his SUV dragging the trooper and a Topeka Police officer half a block.
Police say the suspect, identified as Jarmane Logan, 35, died at an area hospital following the shooting.
Kansas Dept. of Corrections records show Logan was listed as an absconder Oct. 5, on a Leavenworth Co. charge of criminal possession of a firearm. He previously served time for Shawnee Co. convictions including robbery, forgery, and drug possession.
TPD’s Lt. Andrew Beightel explained that a TPD officer had responded around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday to a request for assistance near the NE Monroe and Grant St. intersection. As the officer arrived at the scene, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper came up and said he had tried stopping the car earlier and they refused to stop.
Soon afterward, TPD says a silver SUV sped toward the officers, nearly hitting them, as the women in the first car tried to get in it to get away. The SUV took off, dragging both officers as it fled, Beightel said. Trying to get free, the trooper reportedly fired at the driver and struck him.
Beightel said the two women ran. Police were still looking for them late Tuesday. They identified one of the women as Chelsee Retana, 26, but said they did not yet know who the other woman was.
The officer and the trooper were taken to a nearby hospital where they were checked out and had not suffered any significant injuries. Beightel said the two were released by Tuesday evening.
The Topeka Police Dept. says it will be taking the lead and handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.