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Leavenworth officer shoots, kills armed man

May 22, 2010

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A Leavenworth police officer shot and killed an armed man outside a grocery store Saturday afternoon after the man fired at him, police said.

Reginald Jones, 42, of Leavenworth also had pointed his handgun at two people at the Country Mart grocery store at 20th and Spruce streets, Police Chief Patrick Kitchens told the Kansas City Star.

The officer, a 26-year Leavenworth police veteran, will be reassigned to other duties while the shooting is investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kitchens said.

Witnesses said they saw Jones walking across a parking lot about 2:15 p.m., waving a small handgun.

The officer arrived and confronted Jones, who fired multiple shots at the officer, missing him, Kitchens said.

The officer then fired two .40-caliber rounds from his sidearm, witnesses said. One shot blew out a tire of a parked trailer and the second struck Jones.

The last time a Leavenworth police officer was involved in a shooting was 1995, Kitchens said.

Comments

lawrenceguy40 4 years, 7 months ago

"The police chief had gone home for the day and no one else was available to answer questions or confirm details, according to police staff."

Sums up the indifference to human life found in many law enforcement organizations. A sad day.

Eride 4 years, 7 months ago

Are you an idiot? The police officer fired in response to being fired at? Should the police officer have just let the person kill him? What is wrong with you?

Polly_Gomer 4 years, 7 months ago

You answered your last question with your first statement.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 7 months ago

OR, it may be that speaking to the family of the deceased had taken up all their time and that is why they were unavailable to the press.

Your comment is sickening.

greenworld 4 years, 7 months ago

God I thought all the criminals were already locked up in Leavenworth.

BlackVelvet 4 years, 7 months ago

gee LG40...will you give it a rest?!?!?!?! We all know you hate all cops! not sure why, but you apparently do.

BlackVelvet 4 years, 7 months ago

and you think the Leavenowrth PD Chief needs to be available 24/7 in the event someone might ask a question? Would YOU be available 24/7???

cntrygrl 4 years, 7 months ago

I have read your posts for a long time, LG. You have proven yourself to be a complete and total idiot this time. You've been teetering for a while, but you've now crossed the line.

Do you honestly think that the officer woke up that morning and decided that today was the day he would kill someone? Or...maybe he was doing his job.

The man was waving a firearm. At innocent people. In town! I'm sure that if you had been involved, and you were the one that the officer saved, you would probably be singing his praises. Or at least be making comments that are a little less idiotic.

friendlyjhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

lawrence guy is a jerk. LJW is stupid for publishing that incendiary remark. Leavenworth police owe you no news release. Didn't even owe you the answer that the chief was had gone home. Sheesh.

doc1 4 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence Guy is an idiot.

According to a statement by Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens, police responded to a disturbance at 2:30 p.m., where the suspect fired several shots at police, hitting a police car. An officer then returned fire and killed the shooter, identified as 42-year-old Reginald Jones of Leavenworth.

If you can't figure out what happened by that statement without an official news release I don't know what to say. You obviously have a dark agenda against any law enforcement. Too bad for you.

smalltowngirl26 4 years, 7 months ago

Anyone know anything about big wreck at 32 Hwy and Lv Co Rd 1 Saturday afternoon? I heard 2 were dead.

Eride 4 years, 7 months ago

Hey, Lawrence Guy thinks police officers should let people fire shots at them and kill them. Let's let him spout that opinion publicly. Hopefully his life never depends on one of the people he thinks so low of that he would wish death upon them.

yankeevet 4 years, 7 months ago

That officer should get a medal; good job!!! No doubt how many lives he saved by taking this fool out.

skinny 4 years, 7 months ago

Everyone knows Lawrenceguy40 hates the police and has a comment every time an article is printed in the paper about them. What’s the matter Lawrenceguy40, did you get a speeding ticket??

I am glad no innocent bystanders or the Officer were injured! As for the Leavenworth Officer, good job!

somebodynew 4 years, 7 months ago

I personally think that L_G40 and Smitty should "hook up". Maybe then they could just rant between themselves and spare the rest of us.

ssakcaj 4 years, 7 months ago

You can't libel someone's userid. You only exist as "Smitty" on this forum. Get over yourself.

clovis_sangrail 4 years, 7 months ago

"This appears to be one of the few cases where murder by a law enforcement officer was justified."

Murder? Likely not. Homicide, most assuredly, but the incident falls short of being murder, at least based on the facts as we know them now.

Homicide is simply the killing of one human being by another. There is not necessrily any criminality attached.

Murder, on the other hand, is the unlawful killing of a person, especially when premeditated and done with malice. Sections 21-3401 and 21-3402 of Kansas Statutes Annotated (you can look them up) define first and second degree murder in this state, and again, based on what we know at this point, the term "murder" would not apply.

The distinction is and important one and not at all a difficult one to look up should one be in doubt, so perhaps next time, we could get a little accuracy in your turn of phrase to temper your moral outrage.

Mister 4 years, 7 months ago

How a 26 year old gonna be a police veteran?

Beth Ennis 4 years, 7 months ago

Mister, he is a 26 year veteran, not a 26 year old veteran. It means he's been with LV PD for 26 years as an officer. (-:

jackpot 4 years, 7 months ago

Had a friend started with PD at 21 was a 5 year veteran by 26.

Beth Ennis 4 years, 7 months ago

LG40--saying it was "murder" by police is so wrong, I won't even begin to go in to it. It was self defense. I use to work for LV PD. I can tell you that Chief Kitchens (who is a wonderful person, BTW) was totally involved and knew what was going on. He also was probably waiting to make a comment until more information and preliminary investigation was being done. I'm guessing you've never worked for a bureaucracy before, or you would know this, but they never "jump" into making statements just because the press want them. You ASSUME indifference by this Police Chief, and I can guarantee you, that is not the case. I don't know which officer it was, but if he/she is a 26 year veteran, I also know him/her. I have worked for another police department where several officers were forced to shoot a man who was intent on taking them out. It is something that an officer will live with for the rest of his/her life and will always feel the weight of it. For you to make these assumptions just because something was printed that you didn't like, all I can say is that I hope other people don't go around judging you and treating you based on assumptions. Having worked in 2 police departments (not as an officer) and seeing the kind of crap they have to respond to and the grace and patience with which they deal with people in all walks of life and all stages of health/wealth/indifference, etc, I can tell you that our police officers do not get paid nearly enough and I am thankful that we even have men and women who are willing to do this awful, thankless job. I have seen a male officer break down and cry after having to respond to a SIDS death. I have listened to them vent after responding with a social worker to a house where children were crawling around on the floor amongst human feces, urine and animal feces and urine. You just have no clue what all peace officers have to deal with. Please open your eyes and look beyond your selfish feelings. Yes there are a few bad apples out there, but they are not the majority. Do you want to be treated badly or spoken of badly for the actions of others just because people associate you with them? Get real and grow up!

BlackVelvet 4 years, 7 months ago

LG, as far as I'm concerned, you are entitled to your opinion of Law Enforcement Officers. But in MY opinion, YOU are a total waste of flesh. Period.

banksie 4 years, 7 months ago

LG40, the police officer did not commit murder. Murder is unlawful killing. The police officer had justification.

cntrygrl 4 years, 7 months ago

Please stop giving LG more reasons to post. He is a complete moron and we're just helping him along. Just ignore his idiotic posts. Eventually he will only have himself to whine to. I, personally, cant wait.

puddleglum 4 years, 7 months ago

Way to go officer! It is too bad that he had to wait to fired at before he took out this scum.

I say promotions are in order, as well as hanging the dead robber up high-by his feet-so everyone can enjoy the view.

An excellent day for justice.

somebodynew 4 years, 7 months ago

Smitty- I am truly sorry I offended you with my comment (and I am sincere). It was a (perhaps poor) stab at a joke, that is all. I am sure you don't know me, but I do know you and we have spoken in the past. I really did not mean to offend you and didn't think it would be taken that way. Just trying to put some levity into a sad, sad story.

BlackVelvet 4 years, 7 months ago

For all those who say "way to go" or otherwise congratulate the Officer who was forced to take a human life, please remember that this officer will have to live with his/her decision for the rest of his/her life. It's not easy to take a life and it's not easy to have to live with it. You tend to second guess yourself for a long time, even if you know very well you did the only thing you could do. It doesn't make it any easier.

Ihateracism 4 years, 7 months ago

YOU ALL SEEM VERY RACIST TO ME, COME ON IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY MEMBER WOULD YOU BE SAYING THIS DUMB STUFF? SOMEONE'S MOTHER IS AT HOME HURTING AND THIS IS ALL YOU DUMB FREAKS CAN SAY? PPL LIKE YOU PISS ME THE HELL OFF, YOU NEVER KNOW SOMEONE'S LIFE STRUGGLE AND FOR YOU TO JUDGE HIM LIKE THAT IS NOT RIGHT. FIRST OF ALL THE ONLY PERSON HE HAS TO ANSWER IS GOD, AND LAST ONLY GOD HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE HIM. REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENED, DEEP INSIDE THIS WAS A GOOD PERSON WHO HAD LOST EVERYTHING HE HAD AND REALLY WANTED, SO FOR YOU ALL TO BE SOOO RACIST(BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO) ITS SHAMEFUL ON YOU AND JUST REMEMBER YOU WILL HAVE YOUR JUDGEMENT DAY ALSO, BUT IT'S NOT FOR US TO SAY,"SCORE", OR OTHER BULLSTUFF ASS REMARKS...THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY, BEFORE YOU SAY IT AND GOD WILL REMEMBER EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR YOUR PITTY REMARKS

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 7 months ago

LG40 is not receiving the mental health treatment he needs. That part is plain.

Ihateracism 4 years, 7 months ago

you all seem very racist to me, come on if it was your family member would you be saying this dumb stuff? someone's mother is at home hurting and this is all you dumb freaks can say? ppl like you piss me the hell off, you never know someone's life struggle and for you to judge him like that is not right. first of all the only person he has to answer is god, and last only god has the right to judge him. regardless of what happened, deep inside this was a good person who had lost everything he had and really wanted, so for you all to be sooo racist(because that's really what it boils down to) its shameful on you and just remember you will have your judgement day also, but it's not for us to say,"score", or other bullstuff ass remarks...think about what you say, before you say it and god will remember each and everyone of you for your pitty remarks

independant1 4 years, 7 months ago

racist? i must reread this thread. didn't notice any comments about race first time through.

nope didn't see any the second time.

Death knows no denomination. Death draws no color line. (Will Rogers)

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