Topeka police shooting leaves armed killing suspect dead

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(KSNT Photo/Preston Wilson)

Jesse B. Lees (Courtesy Photo/Topeka Police Department)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A suspect in a recent killing has now died Friday afternoon after being shot by Topeka police officers, according to the department.

The Topeka Police Department told KSNT News around 3:30 p.m. that Jesse B. Lees, the suspect in the killing of Jennifer A. Morris, died from his injuries from the police shooting. Lees was armed when officers fired at him.

Multiple officers were involved in the shooting and the incident surrounding it, but none of them were injured. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is reviewing what happened in the shooting.

Few details leading up to the shooting are available at this time, but TPD said it happened at 11:15 a.m. near the 700 block of Southwest Polk.

TPD also said there was a car crash related to the shooting at the scene, but would not share details on if Lees was driving one of the cars or attempting to flee from police. Photos show a black sedan that appeared to be driving the wrong way down a one-way lane before crashing into a white minivan.

(KSNT Photo/Preston Wilson)

Emergency crews took Lees to a local hospital after being shot, where the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said he was treated for life-threatening injuries.

Watch a press conference with TPD Interim Police Chief Bryan Wheeles about the shooting below:

At last update from the KBI, it had sent agents along with its Crime Scene Response Team to the scene of the shooting. TPD said to follow department policy, it is placing the involved officers on paid administrative leave while the KBI investigates.

The KBI said it will release more details about the shooting once its agents “have time to process the scene and investigate further.”

(KSNT Photo/Preston Wilson)

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