Man sought in connection to officer shooting incident apprehended

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personOVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday the man wanted for questioning in connection to a shooting incident involving a uniformed police officer has been apprehended.

Police released a photo of the man asking for the public to call 911 if they knew him. Two hours later police said the man pictured here was taken into custody peacefully.

Police were searching for a man who fired at a uniformed police officer after the officer interrupted a burglary in progress at a construction site near 191st and State Line in Overland Park, Kan., between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The suspect fired at the officer an unknown number of times and fled the area in a car, which he later ditched.

“This is a uniformed deputy wearing a uniform announcing himself. It was very intentional that that shot was taken,” said Master Deputy Jill Koch.

Officers believe the suspect to be on foot and spent Monday morning searching the area of 159th to 199th from Metcalf to State Line. To help in their search police are used a helicopter and K-9 units. Police have since cleared the scene.

Police are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911.

“Please give us a call if anything at all looks suspicious to you,” Koch said. “If something looks different than it did when you went to bed or if you see anything that is just not correct, not ordinary, we’d like that phone call.”

Authorities brought out all-terrain vehicles and planned to search a 15-square mile area, which included many wooded areas.

“There’s a lot of open land and anyone that would be hiking or walking in the woods, anybody that’s out and about in the morning in the early hours, any information that they might have that looks peculiar to them to give us a call immediately and let us come out and search.”

Blue Valley Schools were placed on heightened alert and an email was sent out to parents warning them that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was searching for the suspect in an area where district schools were located, including Blue River Elementary School, 163rd and Nall and Blue Valley High School, 159th and Lamar, which is right outside the search zone. The doors of Blue River Elementary School were locked. Authorities planned to patrol bus stops and the school grounds.

The Church of Nativity School in Leawood canceled classes because of the search and potential threat to safety.

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