Person shot and killed by police in eastern Lawrence, KBI says

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Post last updated at 12:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3:

Police shot and killed a person in eastern Lawrence Sunday evening, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.


Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, officers from the Lawrence Police Department were called to a home in the 1700 block of East 21st Street for a report of criminal damage, Lt. Myrone Grady said via email early Monday. That’s near East 21st Terrace and Harper Street in Lawrence.

“While officers were on scene conducting this investigation, they were confronted by an armed subject. Officers discharged their firearms,” Grady said. “Personnel from LDCFM were summoned to the scene and the subject was ultimately pronounced deceased.”

A Times reporter at the scene saw a body on the ground covered by a tarp shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday. There was a call on the scanner about a disturbance in progress and shots fired a few minutes prior.

A witness at the scene said he heard multiple shots fired by at least two people, and when he arrived, one person was already on the ground. The witness said an officer was visibly distraught. 

No officers were injured, Melissa Underwood, a spokesperson for the KBI, said via email Sunday night.

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times A KBI crime scene unit is at the scene of a shooting on Oct. 2, 2022 in eastern Lawrence, which is standard procedure for shootings when an officer is involved.

LPD called the KBI to the scene around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Underwood said. The KBI will handle the investigation, in accordance with LPD policy, Grady said.

“I’ll have more details for you after they have had an opportunity to investigate further,” Underwood said.

Officers entered the nearby home with shields and cleared it with SWAT maneuvers shortly after the shooting. No suspect description was given over the police scanner.

Lawrence police had been called to the same home Saturday morning to check someone’s welfare.

We reached out to Lawrence police to request more information at 7:37 p.m. Sunday and received information from LPD around 12:15 a.m. Monday. A sergeant at the scene of an unrelated crash shortly before the shooting had directed questions about that incident to a department spokesperson, and supervisors at the scene of the shooting were unavailable Sunday night.

First responders with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office were also at the scene of the shooting.

The KBI was expecting to have more information Monday, Underwood said.

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August Rudisell/Lawrence Times First responders work at the scene of a shooting in eastern Lawrence, Oct. 2, 2022.
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