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Leavenworth County Attorney holds news conference on officer-involved shooting

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson held a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson

Thompson discussed an officer-involved shooting, as well as the deadly crash on Interstate 70 that killed five people. Both of those incidents occurred Tuesday.

The officer-involved shooting happened when, according to a news release from the Leavenworth Police Department, an the officer was sent to the 1700 block of Rose Street in Leavenworth on a reported auto theft at about 8:15 p.m., reporting the shooting shortly after he arrived.

The release doesn't mention whether the suspect was armed or what happened in the immediate moments before the deadly shooting. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been brought in to assist in the investigation.

The suspect, 47-year-old Antonio Garcia, Jr., of Leavenworth, was pronounced dead on the scene. Heather Garcia, 41, was arrested on interference with a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence, and criminal property damage. Family members said she is the suspect's wife.

Thompson called the incident both a stolen car case and a domestic disturbance.

"Law enforcement takes a high burden when they go out to protect the people. So they realize that and they respect the process that it takes to have this investigation. I would hope the family and the public would have the same semblance and trust in the process and the system, and I know that's tough sometimes for people, but it should be fair and it should be just and that's what we're only looking to do," Thompson said.

The family said they are not ready to do an interview.

Thompson said they patrol officer is experienced and is on leave. He also said that officer was by himself when the shooting occurred.