TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A deadly police shooting now has officers diverting traffic off of U.S. Highway 24 in north Topeka Monday morning.
Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Joseph W. Howell, 49, of Topeka. The incident started at 11:30 p.m. Sunday when the deputies went to a report of a domestic threat, according to the Topeka Police Department. They found Howell inside a vehicle near U.S. Highway 24 and North Kansas Avenue, and stopped his car shortly after.
The deputies made multiple attempts to contact the man. According to Topeka police, Howell displayed a firearm to the deputies and fired at least two shots. He then drove away and the deputies chased.
The deputies managed to stop Howell’s car at Northwest Stover Road just off of Highway 24, and exchanged gunfire with him around 12:30 a.m. Medical crews arrived and pronounced Howell dead at the scene, according to TPD.
No law enforcement officers were injured during the shootout. The Topeka Police Department said it will independently investigate the deputy shooting and then bring its findings to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.