TOPEKA, Kan. -- The family of a man tied to the killing of Topeka Police Officer Jason Harwood spoke with FOX 4 on Tuesday. Corporal Harwood was shot Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop.
We are still waiting for charges against the two suspects in this police shooting. The Shawnee County prosecutor has called a news conference for Wednesday at 10 a.m. where we expect the announcement to be that charges have been filed in the death of Cpl. Harwood.
Alleged shooter Ross Preston Lane and Randy Ridens, Jr., who police say helped Lane get away, remain behind bars. Kansas Department of Corrections officials say they have been separated. One remains in the Shawnee County jail, the other has been moved to a separate facility for security reasons. Officials will not say where.
As the family of Cpl. Harwood finalizes his funeral arrangements, prosecutors continue to put his case together to charge Lane and Ridens.
Sources tell FOX 4 that the police met with the prosecutor at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to present their evidence. Charges were expected to be filed Tuesday, but as Shawnee County Assistant District Attorney Lee McGowan told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien Tuesday, he has 48 hours from the suspects’ initial court appearance to file charges. That was Monday morning at 10:30.
The family of one of the suspects, Ridens, talked to FOX 4, but would only speak by phone. He did not want to go on camera because he has safety concerns, this being such a highly charged crime.
"I think it's a sad tragedy and no police officer deserves to be killed like that,” the relative said. "I think there's nothing but victims on every side of the family. My condolences go out to all of them. There's nothing that can be said, it's just a sad, sad thing."
Cpl. Harwood's funeral is set for Saturday at 11 a.m.