Man killed in stabbing at Lawrence Dillons

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Latest update: 3:36 p.m. Wednesday

A man was killed in a stabbing in the parking lot of a Lawrence grocery store Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the Dillons at 1015 W. 23rd St. around 8:20 a.m, according to an afternoon news release from the Lawrence Police Department.


Officers who arrived at the scene found a man still holding a knife, but they spoke to him and convinced him to drop the weapon, according to the release.

The male victim at the scene was pronounced dead, according to the release. Department spokesperson Patrick Compton said he was not sure when the man’s name would be released.

The victim’s dog was also injured in the incident, but he was taken to the Lawrence Humane Society, stabilized and then transported to a local animal hospital. He is expected to survive, according to the release.

The Douglas County jail booking log showed that police arrested a 54-year-old Lawrence man at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dillons on suspicion of intentional second-degree murder and “cruelty to animals; malicious torture or killing.” He had not yet been charged, and he was being held without bond pending prosecutors’ review of the case.

The incident was still under investigation Wednesday afternoon, and LPD asks anyone who witnessed it please call the nonemergency number, 785-832-7509.

August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times Lawrence police are pictured at the scene of a reported stabbing on Aug. 18, 2021.

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Shannon Wells, Lawrence Humane Society / Contributed Photo

Dog who was stabbed and whose owner was killed is recovering, ‘supervising’ at Lawrence Humane Society

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Bear’s slightly scruffy, mostly-black fur is tinged with gray around his nose and paws. His big brown eyes might not appear quite as sad if we didn’t know what he had been through in the past couple of days. But we know that Wednesday morning, Bear was stabbed and went into shock.

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