Suspect in Manhattan, KS officer shooting identified as K-State - KCTV5 News

Suspect in Manhattan, KS officer shooting identified as K-State research associate

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The suspect in a shooting and standoff situation in Manhattan Friday afternoon has been identified.

According to RCPD Director Brad Schoen, 38-year old Mark J. Harrison surrendered peacefully and has been taken into custody. He is currently being held at the Riley Co. on $2 million bond pursuant to a charge of attempted capital murder.

Kansas State University Vice President Communications and Marketing Jeff Morris confirmed to 13 News that Harrison is a research associate with the university. Harrison's bio lists him as working in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering department. The university has not commented further on the situation, or whether Harrison will face disciplinary action with the institution.

RCPD says officers responded to a report of a domestic situation around 12:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of Hawthorne Woods Circle. When they arrived around 12:30 p.m., the officers found an active shooter situation and one officer was wounded. The officer, whose name has not been released, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

More officers were called after Harrison barricaded the home. Schoen said a woman was able to get out of the home and the suspect was the only person remaining inside the house.

Negotiators made contact with Harrison and talked to him for more than an hour before convincing him to come out. Beyond the officer, no other injuries were reported.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirmed that at some point during the standoff, an officer did fire a weapon. It did not result in any injury.

RCPD has asked the KBI to investigate.

Bergman Elementary School, which is less than a half-mile from the home was placed on lockout status during the response, school officials said. The students remained inside the building and classes continued. The school returned to normal operation once the suspect was taken into custody.

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