Police identify officer who shot woman

Ten-year veteran was responsible

A 10-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department was the officer who shot and killed a Lawrence woman Sunday at the conclusion of a morning-long standoff.

The department identified Det. Troy Squire as the officer who shot Marsha Mace after she had fired at officers.

“In accordance with Lawrence Police Department policy, the names of the officers involved are being released upon completion of the internal review, and at public request,” the department said in a press release today. “The initial responding officer to the incident scene was five-year veteran, Officer Kresten Spurling. The officer who fired the shot that resulted in the death of Ms. Mace was ten-year veteran, Detective Troy Squire.”

Squire acted properly, the release said.

“The conclusion of the review found that all department policies and procedures for incident response were followed,” according to the announcement.

Chief Ron Olin said this week that Mace had left a note behind and that he believed she was trying to get officers to kill her. Police have said that Mace emerged from trailer No. 107 at 1:23 p.m. holding a revolver and began firing at officers before she was shot and killed.

Mace, who had grown up in Lawrence and was well-known as a cocktail waitress, filed for bankruptcy in October 2005 in federal court. At the time, she wrote that she was working as a certified nurse aide at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She had been ordered to appear Oct. 24 in bankruptcy court for a hearing on whether she should be held in contempt for failing to turn over $3,681 in assets.