Man found dead in Lawrence apartment after police attempt to serve warrant

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Post last updated at 11:22 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30:

Police found a man dead from a gunshot wound in a Lawrence apartment Wednesday night after they had attempted to serve a warrant.


Police in an update Thursday morning named the man as Josiah Emmanuel Henderson, 23, of Lawrence.

“Officers were attempting to serve a Kansas City, Kansas warrant on Henderson for Rape, Aggravated Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Indecent Liberties, Aggravated Domestic Battery, and Aggravated Endangering a Child,” police said in the update. “The warrant was for charges that had not yet been proven in court. Officers knocked on the door and identified themselves, heard Henderson acknowledge their presence, then heard a single gunshot inside the apartment.”

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Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, officers were attempting to serve an out-of-town felony warrant for a man in an apartment building in the 1700 block of Ohio Street.

Officers were trying to contact the man when they heard a single gunshot inside the apartment, according to a social media post from the police department.

“Officers immediately backed away from the apartment, established a perimeter, and called for additional resources to assist,” according to the post. “The Lawrence Police Department tactical team was summoned and is on scene with our armored rescue vehicle.”

Officers evacuated some surrounding apartments, and others were holding in place, Maj. Hayden Fowler said at the scene.

Officers and the crisis response team were starting to clear the scene shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, a reporter on scene observed.

Police said around 10 p.m. that the area was safe and residents could return to their homes.

“We appreciate the patience of everyone in the area who was disrupted while we worked hard to ensure safety was not compromised,” LPD said in a news release. “No further information is expected to be released tonight as we continue to investigate this incident.”

Police said there was no one else in the apartment.

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