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Video: Topeka Officer Shot, Killed at Traffic Stop

September 08, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Topeka Officer Shot, Killed on Traffic Stop

A Topeka, Kan., police officer has been killed in the line of duty after stopping a motor vehicle Sunday afternoon. Immediately after the stop, one of its occupants drew a weapon and fired on the officer. Ross Preston Lane, whom the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office identified as the 30-year-old suspect, was taken into custody Sunday around 8 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan., without incident, having turned himself in.

Authorities have identified the Topeka police officer killed in a fatal shooting Sunday evening as Cpl. Jason E. Harwood. A news release from the sheriff’s office said Harwood was transported to Stormont-Vail Health in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound around 4:45 p.m. Sunday. He had pulled over a car near S.E. 6th and Deer Creek Parkway. One of its occupants drew a weapon and fired on the officer.

A news release from city communications and marketing director Suzie Gilbert said Harwood joined the Topeka Police Department on June 28, 1999. He was a member of the hit-and-run unit and K-9 unit. He was promoted to the position of corporal in May 2012. Harwood, 40, is survived by his wife and two sons.


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Morning Eagle @ 9/9/2014 3:39 AM

Another on of those "routine" traffic stops!! We can hope Cpl Harwood is now in a peaceful place and that his family and friends will eventually find some comfort and peace of their own.
Too bad his killer was allowed to "turn himself in without incident" Maybe due to being old and grumpy nowadays I have zero tolerance for any one that will shoot a police officer. Hopefully KS has a death penalty and carry it out.

Raymond Babcock @ 9/11/2014 4:14 PM

another innocent brought down by thugs if you are a police officer my heart goes out for you in this great time of loss may be there should be 2 police officer in car in traffic stops or wait for back up

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