UPDATE: This case has been ruled as a homicide. The victim in this shooting has been identified as 59-year-old Michael Bohnsack of Leavenworth, Kansas.


LENEXA, Kan. — A death investigation in Lenexa closed southbound Interstate 435 at 87th Street for several hours Thursday afternoon, and investigators confirmed Friday morning this case is being investigated as a homicide.

Just before 6 a.m., Lenexa police officers responded to a vehicle off the roadway on southbound I-435 at the K-10 interchange.

Officers on scene found a white Jeep Grand Cherokee that had crashed into a light pole in the ditch.

The male driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead on the scene. It was later determined the driver died from a gunshot wound. He has not been identified at this time.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol and Shawnee Police Department assisted Lenexa police at the scene.

Anyone who may have information about this incident — including any possible road rage behaviors between a white Jeep Grand Cherokee and another vehicle on southbound I-435 highway at around 5:45 a.m. Thursday — is asked to call the Lenexa Police Department at 913-825-8040 or the KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).