Man who shot 2 Topeka police officers in 1985 paroled

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A man who shot two Topeka police officers in 1985 is expected to be released from prison sometime around Aug. 1.

Ithiel Lawton shot officers Randy Horn and Pat Reed during a family dispute at Lawton’s home. Both officers survived but left the department soon after being injured.

Lawton claimed he heard voices from his television set telling him to protect himself from the officers, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Before the shootings, Lawton was hospitalized 20 times in the previous 16 years for paranoid schizophrenia.

Family members told the Kansas Parole Board in recent years that Lawton’s mental health has improved.

The review board recently granted parole to Lawton, who is now 77.

Lawton is serving 20 years to life in prison at El Dorado Correctional Facility.

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