TPD: Detective, suspect shot responding to armed robbery, another identified

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Authorities released the name of one suspect arrested for an armed robbery that led to the shooting of a police officer.

28-year-old Jermaine T. Patton was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections for aggravated robbery. He was also booked in for possession of marijuana and felony interference with law enforcement officers.

Kansas Dept. Of Corrections records show Patton had been listed as an absconded since August. Patton had convictions in Riley County for a 2005 charge of unlawful sexual relations with a minor and a 2004 juvenile count of indecent liberties. He also had a 2012 violation of the KS offender registration and a 2012 conviction for a third or greater DUI offense.

The suspect who was shot is undergoing medical treatment at a local hospital. Police says his injuries are still considered life-threatening. They did not release the name of that suspect.

The name of the Topeka Police Officer who was shot has not yet been released.


A Topeka Police detective was shot Saturday night when he and another officer exchanged gunfire with a man suspected in an armed robbery that happened earlier in the evening.

The detective, who was not identified, was shot in the abdomen and the leg. He was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition and expected to recover, Topeka Police spokesperson Colleen Stuart said.

The Topeka Police Dept. says the detective and the other officer spotted someone matching the suspect's description around 7:40 p.m. near the 100 block of NE Woodruff Ave.

As the officers approached the suspect to attempt to detain him, Stuart said, gunfire erupted. She said the suspect was shot as well and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police had been looking for the suspect in connection with a robbery about an hour earlier, at an East Topeka convenience store, at 2518 NE Seward.

Police say witnesses told investigators a man came into the store, flashed a handgun, and demanded money from the store employee. He reportedly left in a blue vehicle.

Police say officers spotted a vehicle matching the description near the intersection of SE 2nd Street and SE Davies Street. The two people in the vehicle took off running as the officers tried to make contact with them.

One suspect was captured, while the suspect who was later involved in the shooting ran off. Police set up a perimeter to try to locate him.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

Stuart said officers are holding up well as they do their jobs while worrying about an injured colleague. She said the agency's peer support program is available for anyone needing assistance.