TPD chief: Investigators working ‘a lot of leads’ in Dwane Simmons shooting

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Police have several leads on a shooting that killed a Washburn football player, and will wrap up their investigation soon.

Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran sat down with anchor Willis Scott Monday morning to discuss the case, and share an update on a cashier stabbed in the head at a Topeka Kwik Shop May 8. He also mentioned the Topeka Police Department is growing, with a fresh crop of recruits in training.

Cochran said investigators are interviewing several witnesses at the scene of the April 28 shooting that killed Washburn’s Dwane Simmons and injured New York Giants draftee Corey Ballentine.

“There’s a lot of working parts to it, a lot of individuals that saw a lot of things that took place,” Cochran said. “We’re very confident that we’ll bring this to a successful conclusion. It might be another month or so, but we feel very confident.”

Cochran also mentioned the victim in the Kwik Shop stabbing is recovering, and expected to survive. The suspect, Anthony Ryan Downing, faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder, and previously pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in 2013

The chief said the incident at the gas station by the Kansas Expocentre seems to be a random attack.

“There was no apparent connection between the clerk and the individual who perpetrated the crime,” Cochran said.

He also shared that the Topeka Police Department’s police academy has 17 new recruits about to start class, May 20.

“Over half of those individuals are local candidates,” Cochran said. “We’re really excited about this 57th class.”

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