LAWRENCE (KSNT) – The Lawrence Police Department released a video of a pursuit that ended with the arrest of a man suspected of two back-to-back murders.
The department hosted a press conference Monday, Aug. 22, to release a video of the July 31 pursuit which included several shots being fired at officers and the arrest.
“Any pursuit you get in is dangerous,” Lawrence Police Chief Rich Lockhart said during a press conference Monday afternoon. “It was a Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m.. We got really, really lucky. The risk to the public was very low.”
Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour, according to Chief Lockhart.
The 18-minute chase began in the 900 block of Lawrence, and went through residential neighborhoods, commercial districts and onto the highway. The suspect was caught after using spike strips to flatten the tires on the vehicle the suspect was using.
The suspect was identified as Rodney Erickson Marshall.
“The way this was handled was exceptional,” Lockhart said.
Helped by the Eudora Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Lawrence Police Department located the suspect but let him leave a residence to avoid a hostage situation, according to Chief Lockhart. It was then that the chase ensued.
A female passenger in the vehicle with Marshall was taken into custody but later released.
Police said Marshall fired several shots at officers and will be charged with five counts of attempted capital murder.
“I’m very proud of my officers,” Chief Lockhart said.