Jury determining fate of former K-State researcher accused of trying to kill cop

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A jury is deliberating the fate of Mark Harrison, who prosecutors say tried to kill a Riley County Police Officer.

Prosecutors accuse the former K-State research associate 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, authorities said. When Tiede got to the home, he asked Harrison to come outside. That’s when 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, police said.

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

After a weeklong trial, attorneys presented closing arguments to the jury Wednesday afternoon. They are deciding whether to convict him of three counts of attempted capital murder and a count of felony criminal damage to property.

Our team at the court house is told that the jury will meet again tomorrow.

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