Update, Sept. 25, 2023:
Perry man charged with aggravated assault after alleged incident in Lawrence
Original post last updated at 2:33 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24:
Lawrence police arrested a Perry man on suspicion of attempted murder Sunday morning after a report of gunshots fired.
Officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Packer Road around 4:45 a.m., LPD Sgt. Drew Fennelly said via email.
“A 911 caller indicated a person in a vehicle had fired a gun at a person standing near a commercial building in the area,” Fennelly said. “While officers were on the way, another person called dispatch to report a known individual had tried to shoot them.”
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped LPD locate the suspect around 6:30 a.m. in Lecompton, and he was taken into custody without incident, Fennelly said. There were no injuries reported.
Douglas County jail records show that Travis Kopp, 38, of Perry, was booked on suspicion of attempted, premeditated first-degree murder and was being held without bond as of 1 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators were still working to collect evidence and gather more information on the incident Sunday afternoon, Fennelly said.
“This event is believed to be related to an attempted homicide that occurred in September, 2022 in the 3500 block of W. 24th Street,” he said.
That incident was a reported shooting on Sept. 28, 2022, in which a man allegedly fired numerous shots at Kopp. That man was charged with attempted first-degree murder, but he was acquitted after a jury trial in July. Fennelly did not specify exactly how or why police believe the incidents are related.
The red pin on the map below shows the approximate location of the gunshots report:
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