Hung jury in attempted capital murder of police officer in Riley County


A jury is undecided on an attempted capital murder charge against a man accused of trying to kill a Riley County Police Officer.

Mark Harrison, a former K-State research associate, was accused of shooting at police and hitting Sgt. Pat Tiede in the leg. The shooting happened while officers were responding to the report of a domestic situation on January 5, 2018. Harrison’s wife called police after he refused to leave following an argument.

When Tiede got to the home, he asked Harrison to come outside. That’s when they say Harrison shot him through a window.

Harrison also shot at two other officers in a patrol car using both a hand gun and a rifle.

Prosecutors said Harrison fired more than 33 rounds at police. Harrison surrendered after barricading himself inside the home for two hours.

After a week long trial, attorneys presented closing arguments to the jury Thursday afternoon. They ended in a hung jury concerning the attempted capital murder charge against Sgt. Tiede. The jury decided Harrison was not guilty on the other two attempted capital murder charges on the other officers. Harrison is guilty on a criminal damage charge.

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