Russell officer shot in leg during welfare check, suspect in custody

A Russell Police Sergeant was shot in the leg during a welfare check on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Days Inn, at 1225 S. Fossil St., in Russell, Kansas. (KWCH)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A police sergeant is reportedly in good condition after being shot Thursday evening while conducting a welfare check at a Russell hotel.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Russell Police Dept. sergeant, along with a Russell Co. Sheriff’s deputy and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper, responded around 8:15 p.m. to the Days Inn, at 1225 S. Fossil St. They were called there to check on 29 year old Taylor Malcom, of Lenexa, who was in a room on the second floor and possibly suicidal.

KBI’s preliminary investigation indicates law enforcement officers knocked on the door of Malcom’s hotel room and announced their presence. That’s when a shot was reportedly fired through the closed door, followed by three more over the next several minutes.

One of the bullets struck the sergeant, whose name was not released, in the leg, the KBI said.

None of the officers returned fire, they added.

Malcom then called 911, at which point dispatchers were able to convince him to surrender. And, about ten minutes after officers first knocked on his door, Malcom came out of his room and was taken into custody, KBI said. Charges against him are pending and the investigation remains ongoing.

The sergeant was taken to a Russell hospital where he was stabilized and then moved to Hays Medical Center, according to the KBI. He is expected to recover.