OLATHE, Kan. — Police identified a man killed by Olathe police officers Saturday evening.
According to police, 58-year-old David Russell Sweet approached officers at a traffic stop at East Santa Fe and North Water streets around 5:40 p.m.
Police said Sweet had a knife.
The Olathe Police Department said officers shot Sweet when he refused to drop the knife. Emergency crews responded to the downtown area and tried to treat Sweet, but police said Sweet died from his injuries.
Darby Pool, owner of Bikes for the Likes of Us, said Sweet was a regular at his shop.
Pool said Sweet was known to feed and help homeless people in the area.
“I can’t even imagine him having a weapon of any sort or confrontation. That’s not his demeanor that I know,” Pool said.
The Olathe business owner said he drove by the shooting scene and wondered what happened.
“I was like, ‘No way. Absolutely not.’ It’s not the same guy, and it ends up being that. It’s totally out of character,” Pool said.
But Pool said he’s also conflicted, knowing police have to do their jobs and there are more questions than answers right now.
“This situation is just sad. It’s just sad,” he said.
The Johnson County Officer Involved Critical Incident Investigation Team is currently investigating the police shooting.
The officers involved are on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Olathe PD at 913-971-6950 or anonymously call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.