Detective, suspect injured in shootout in Topeka - KCTV5 News

Detective, suspect injured in shootout in Topeka

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A detective was shot in Topeka on Saturday evening. (WIBW) A detective was shot in Topeka on Saturday evening. (WIBW)

A detective and suspect were shot and are in the hospital following an armed robbery in Topeka.

Around 6:30 p.m., officers received a call about an armed robbery.

When they arrived at the BP gas station at 2518 SE Seward in the Oakland neighborhood, they talked to witnesses.

Witnesses told them that a black man dressed in black had entered the store, showed a handgun, and demanded money from the employee. He then fled the scene in a blue vehicle.

Officers found a vehicle matching the description from witnesses near SE 2nd Street and SE Davies Street in eastern North Topeka, which is two minutes away.

When officers approached the car to talk to the people inside, two black men jumped out and ran. One of those men, a 28-year-old, was taken into custody. The second man kept running from officers.

The police then established a search perimeter to attempted to find the second man.

Around 7:40 p.m., officers found a man matching the suspect’s description in the 100 block of NE Woodruff Ave. That is a 17-minute walk from the area where the vehicle was found.

Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, but gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and the officers. A detective from the Topeka Police Department was shot when the suspect fired at him with a handgun. The suspect was also shot during the incident.

Both the detective and the suspect were taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

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