Update: suspect identified after officer-involved shooting in Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – On Saturday morning, a Topeka police officer was involved in a shooting at the Motel 6 located on Fairlawn Road, Police Chief Bill Cochran said.

The officer was pursuing a suspect who was driving, then pulled into the motel parking lot and went into the building, Cochran said. The officer then shot at the suspect, missing him and instead hitting the complex.

The suspect, who has been identified by police as 22-year-old Colton Hawley of Topeka, was taken into custody by the officer.

“The citizens of Topeka need to know that they’re in no danger,” Cochran said. “The individual that was involved in the situation has been taken into custody, and so there is no danger to the public at this time.”

The situation is currently being investigated by Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, due to the policy of any officer-involved shooting needing an outside agency to investigate. The investigation could take anywhere from one to two weeks to be completed.

Both the officer and Hawley were not injured, Cochran said.

Hawley has been transported to Shawnee County Department of Corrections for the following charges:

  • Aggravated assault on law enforcement officer
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Felony obstruction

More information will be released, and KSNT News will update this story as it develops.

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