Police report details past incident involving former KHP second-in-command

Published: Mar. 29, 2019 at 7:19 PM CDT
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State officials remain tight-lipped over exactly what led to an abrupt leadership change at the Kansas Highway Patrol.

13 NEWS obtained a police report Friday detailing an incident that appears to involve KHP's now former second in command.

On Friday, the governor announced KHP Superintendent Mark Bruce and Assistant Superintendent Randy Moon had resigned.

She did not say why, but 13 NEWS received an anonymous letter - also sent to Kansas officials - it detailed allegations of sexual misconduct and domestic violence.

13 NEWS obtained a report from Excelsior Springs police about a domestic incident December 26th at the Elms Hotel.

While names are removed - the agency provided the report in response to a 13 NEWS public information request for documents on incidents involving Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Randy Moon.

The report states Moon and a woman got into an argument in the early morning hours of December 26th.

Moon was not there when officers got to the scene but they interviewed the woman who - according to the report - was in visible pain holding her left elbow as if it was injured.

One officer noticed a welt on her face.

She refused treatment but told officers she and her boyfriend - who she told them was a KHP trooper - had been drinking, got into an argument, and he "tossed her."

Hours later, the report states officers made a follow up call to Moon.

He told them the two had a verbal argument, and he left to get away from the situation.

The woman was with him and when put on speaker phone, denied anything physical happened - and denied telling officers that she had been tossed.

The case was dropped, and no charges were ever filed.

As for any other investigations at KHP, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation would only confirm it did a background check on Colonel Mark Bruce when Governor Kelly wanted to retain him as KHP superintendent.

The governor's office says it is aware of an anonymous letter detailing the domestic incident and allegations of sexual misconduct, but would only say information came to light regarding longstanding management issues at the highway patrol and it became clear new leadership was needed.

13 NEWS will continue to investigate what happens next with these allegations.

The governor appointed Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones to take over as superintendent starting Wednesday.