TOPEKA (KSNT) – Five Topeka Police Department officers are on administrative leave following a shooting early Thursday morning.
According to police, one man is dead following a police officer involved shooting early Thursday morning in south Topeka.
The Topeka Police Department said around 12:40 a.m., Thursday morning officers responded to a home in the 4800 block of S.W. Topeka Boulevard after a woman called 911 to report her brother was trying to break into the house. The man got inside the home and attempted to barricade inside.
Shortly after, the suspect left the scene in a car, and officers told 27 News they quickly found him at a Kwik Shop near 45th Street & Topeka Blvd.
According to TPD, the suspect was armed with a knife and tried to carjack a vehicle with two women and a child inside. Multiple officers shot at the suspect. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating this incident. TPD said all involved officers had been placed on administrative leave.
When the investigation is complete it will be sent to the Shawnee County District Attorney.
This was the second police-involved shooting in two weeks.
Both the TPD and the SNSO participated in the arrest of a murder suspect on Sept. 29 that left one person dead and another wounded in South Topeka. A member of the TPD was also wounded during the arrest of the suspect in downtown Topeka.
That suspect was hospitalized and was in critical condition after being arrested by law enforcement. Nine TPD officers and one sheriff’s deputy were placed on leave while the Kansas Bureau of Investigation looked into that shooting.
Fourteen Topeka police officers are currently on administrative leave. Topeka Police Chief Bryan Wheeles told 27 News the department has not asked for help from any other agencies at this time.