Police want to find suspect and car possibly connected to officer-involved shooting in Shawnee
SHAWNEE, Kan. — Johnson County authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a suspect who they say struggled with police early Thursday morning at a convenience store at 75th and Switzer.
Police say an officer’s gun went off during the scuffle.
Police say it began with a traffic stop. A Shawnee police officer was running a records check on a license plate, which revealed the driver had a warrant.
The Shawnee police officer contacted a Lenexa police officer who was at the Quiktrip to help. Police say when the driver got out of the car, there was some sort of struggle. The driver jumped back into his car and that’s when the gun went off. Aside from a few scrapes on the officer, no one was hurt.
“The Shawnee officer flagged the Lenexa officer over and said can you help me contact this guy involving a warrant,” said Sgt. Brian Hill. They went to contact this guy and a struggle ensued The Lenexa officer falls down as the person who had the warrant is starting to back his vehicle up. The Lenexa officer falls down and discharges his firearm.”
Investigators believe they know who the driver is and issued a warrant for his arrest for Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.
Witnesses at first identified the car as either a Camaro or a Firebird, but on Monday, police released a picture of the suspect’s car and identified it as a 1986 Monte Carlo with Kansas license plates: 974GXJ.
If you see it, please call police.
The officer is on paid leave during the investigation.