DA: Deadly KHP trooper-involved shooting in Topeka was justified

Jarmane Logan (Source: KASPAR)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Shawnee Co. District Attorney's Office has completed its investigation into a deadly shooting involving a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. It found the trooper's use of force to be justified and no charges against the trooper will be filed.

Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay said the Topeka Police Dept. had conducted its investigation into the shooting death of Jarmane Logan and submitted its findings to his office earlier this month. He did not release any additional information about the findings because charges against Chelsee Retana, another suspect in the incident, are still pending.

Investigators say the trooper, who was not identified, had stopped Retana and Misty Maspero on November 27 near the NE Monroe and Grant St. intersection. A Topeka Police Dept. officer responded to provide assistance.

Soon afterward, TPD says a silver SUV, driven by Logan, 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 Logan and struck him.

Retana and Maspero fled from the scene. Masparo turned herself in two days later, while Retana was captured two weeks later.

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.

Kagay says Retana face charges of Felony Interference with Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor Interference with a Law Enforcement Office, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana. Her bond is set at $150,000 and remains in custody. She has a preliminary hearing on January 30.