Lawrence police: Suspect has turned himself in after boy shot and killed

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Update, 2:34 p.m. Sunday, March 19:

“Derrick Del Reed turned himself in and LKPD officers transported him to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center,” police said in a Sunday afternoon update. “We also located the unoccupied car within the city limits, and it is being processed by investigators.”

Original story, last updated at 11:19 a.m. Sunday:

The Lawrence Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect following the shooting death of a teen boy Saturday.


Police and deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrived in the 1100 block of East 13th Street just after 5 p.m. Saturday to find the boy, who had been shot, according to a news release Sunday morning. The teen was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Witnesses told law enforcement the teen arrived at the apartment complex address wounded, but the shooting occurred in the 1300 block of Maple Lane, according to the release. A Lawrence Times reporter observed investigators working at the nearby home close to midnight Saturday.

“Investigators have worked overnight to identify possible suspects and we’re asking for the public’s help in locating Derrick Del Reed, a white 17-year-old male weighing about 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, who is approximately 5 foot 10 inches,” according to the release. “We’re also looking for his car, which is a dark 2015 Chrysler 300 with Kansas tag 369REG.”

Police provided this photo of the vehicle:

Investigators believe the parties are known to each other, according to the release.

“Reed should be considered armed and dangerous, so please call 911 if you encounter him,” according to the release. “If you have any information about the crime, you can make an anonymous tip by calling Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS.”

No further details were immediately available about the shooting. Police had not released the name of the victim as of Sunday morning.

The red pin on the map shows the approximate location of the apartment complex where the victim was found.

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