LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -- A man and an officer have been charged in connection with an incident that happened during a traffic stop, which led to an officer-involved shooting.
On May 29, Officer Ian McCann with the Lawrence Police Department was on patrol enforcing the seat belt law as part of the Click it or Ticket campaign.
At about 5:03 p.m., Officer McCann was traveling South on New Hampshire Street when he encountered an SUV driving north.
The driver’s window was down and McCann saw the driver did not appear to be using a seat belt, so he made a U-turn and stopped the SUV in the 100 block of West 6th St.
The officer approached the SUV and explained that he was stopping him for a seat belt violation.
The driver, later identified as Akira Lewis, refused to produce his ID. After about three minutes, Officer McCann requested additional assistance.
While waiting for assistance, the officer repeatedly explained that if Lewis would not cooperate, he could be arrested.
About one and a half minutes asking for assistance, Officer Brindley Blood arrived on scene and took a position on the passenger side of the SUV.
Officer McCann tried to place Lewis under arrest by opening the driver’s door and physically removing him. Lewis is alleged to have then left the vehicle and started battering Officer McCann.
Officer Blood tried to intervene and, during that intervention, she discharged her weapon and struck Lewis.
Due to the conflict created by Lewis being both a potential defendant and a victim of a crime, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office was asked to review the matter for any potential charges against Lewis.
The office concluded that Lewis should be charged with misdemeanor battery against a law enforcement officer, interference with law enforcement (obstruction), no proof of insurance, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
The office also reviewed the actions of Officer Blood. Based upon the information contained in the investigative reports and all evidence available at the time, she was charged with felony reckless aggravated battery for shooting of Lewis.
No additional information is expected to be available until after Lewis and Blood appear in court on September 26 and 27, respectively.
The witness list for the driver’s misdemeanor charges had six people on it. The witness list for the officer’s charges has 48.
At the time of publication, the police department had not commented on Officer Blood's employment status.
The law firm that is working with Lewis released the following statement on Thursday evening: