Police identify, charge suspect in Leavenworth Centennial Bridge shooting


Picture of Jason Westrem, Leavenworth Centennial Bridge shooting suspect.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WDAF) — A man who police said was behind an attack on the Centennial Bridge that left both him and another person with serious injuries has been identified and charged.

Jason R. Westrem, 37, is charged with nine felonies in the bridge shooting on May 27, according to the Leavenworth Police Department. Felonies include four counts of firing into an occupied vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child. Westrem is a native of Platte County.

Police and witnesses said the shooter got out of his car on the bridge and opened fire at vehicles without any known association. That’s when an active-duty Ft. Leavenworth soldier who was on the bridge hit him with his truck, trapping him under it.

The shooter was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Another active-duty soldier was found with a gunshot wound and was also taken to the hospital.

After searching public court records, Westrem does not appear to have a history of violent crime.

Police have not said what the motive was for the shooting.

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