FAIRWAY, Kan. — Officers from across Johnson County are standing guard day and night after losing one of their own.
Lenexa police spokesman Danny Chavez said a ceremonial guard will stay with Fairway Officer Jonah Oswald 24 hours a day until his funeral service after he died in the line of duty.
The 29-year-old officer was injured in a shootout with two suspects at a Mission QuikTrip location on Sunday and died from his injuries Monday.
On Tuesday, officials held a procession to a Shawnee funeral home where Oswald’s services are expected to be held. See the procession in the video player above.
Chavez said the guard is customary when an officer dies in the line of duty. Officers from various Johnson County departments will rotate on the guard.
This is the Fairway Police Department’s first line-of-duty death. Oswald was a 4-year veteran of the department. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
The city has created a donation link for anyone who wants to support Oswald’s family.
A growing memorial was seen Tuesday at the Fairway Police Department as people left flowers, crosses and other mementos.
The deadly incident began around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when Lenexa police responded to a report of a stolen car near I-35 and 95th Street.
Police chased the suspect north on I-35 until the driver came to a stop in the area of I-35 and Lamar Avenue in Mission. Two suspects then crashed the car and ran into a nearby QuikTrip. Officers from multiple agencies responded.
One suspect, later identified as Shannon Wayne Marshall of Ashland City, Tennessee, was also shot and died at the scene.
Another suspect, identified as 32-year-old Andrea Rene Cothran, was arrested Sunday. On Tuesday, she was charged with aggravated battery, fleeing law enforcement, reckless driving and felony theft.
Cothran remains in custody at the Johnson County jail on a $1 million bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 16.
Agencies throughout the Kansas City area and across Kansas have shared their condolences to Oswald’s family and the Fairway Police Department.
Bucker, Missouri, police said Oswald previously worked for the city’s department from 2018 to 2021.
“He left this world surrounded by family and friends … If you personally knew Jonah, you would know that that is the way he would want to go. Surrounded by love,” Buckner police said.
The agency said Oswald also served in the military while working for Buckner and Fairway police.
“He was the best of us, and he will be missed incredibly by all those who knew him,” Buckner police said.
“We send our sincerest condolences to the family of Officer Jonah Oswald, and the entire Fairway Police Department and Fairway community,” said Lenexa police, one of the agencies involved in the case.
“We send our condolences to the family of Officer Oswald and the Fairway Community. We are here for you,” Overland Park police said.
“The Shawnee Police Department expresses our deepest condolences and sends prayers to the family of fallen Fairway Officer Jonah Oswald who gave the ultimate sacrifice to his community. We also send our prayers and support to the Fairway Police Department at this difficult time,” Shawnee police wrote.
“We are heartbroken for Officer Jonah Oswald, his loved ones, and the Fairway, Ks. Police Department. Your sacrifice and service will always be remembered,” Kansas City police said.
“Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Officer Jonah Oswald and all our partners in Fairway and surrounding areas as we mourn, together, this tragedy,” Lawrence police wrote.
“We are devastated for the family, friends & coworkers of Fairway Officer Jonah Oswald, who passed away after being shot in the line of duty,” the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said. “We’ve been assisting with peer support for Officer Oswald’s coworkers during this difficult time, and we will continue to stand behind them.”