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Lawrence police arrest four Topeka residents in connection with Monday morning shooting

Suspects located in Topeka; victim in critical but stable condition

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting that occurred at a Lawrence apartment complex in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. The shooting, which happened shortly before 4:45 a.m. Monday, resulted in one man being airlifted to a Kansas City-area hospital.

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting that occurred at a Lawrence apartment complex in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. The shooting, which happened shortly before 4:45 a.m. Monday, resulted in one man being airlifted to a Kansas City-area hospital.

October 12, 2010, 11:09 a.m. Updated October 12, 2010, 11:23 a.m.

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Lawrence police have confirmed four Topeka residents are being held in connection with the shooting Monday morning of a Lawrence man outside an apartment complex.

Four arrested in Monday shooting incident

Four Topeka residents were arrested in connection with a shooting Monday morning. The four will appear before a judge on Wednesday. Enlarge video

According to Douglas County Jail records, two Topeka women, ages 18 and 22, and two Topeka men, both 19, were arrested on robbery charges Tuesday in Topeka as part of the shooting investigation. One of the men also was arrested on an aggravated battery charge.

Topeka police Lt. Dave Thomas said Lawrence police asked for help in locating suspects in the incident, who they believed were at 2312 S.E. Virginia St. Lawrence and Topeka police officers served a search warrant and arrested the suspects. Topeka police said one of the men surrendered after a three-hour standoff.

The arrests came after Lawrence police spent most of the day following leads into who shot a 28-year-old Lawrence man, found wounded at 4:40 a.m. in a parking lot outside Park Plaza South Apartments in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane. The man was flown to a Kansas City-area hospital for treatment and underwent surgery Monday, said Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Matt Sarna.

In a statement Tuesday morning, Sarna said the man was shot after an altercation and apparent attempted robbery. Investigators also determined a 25-year-old Lawrence man suffered a minor head injury during the altercation. He was not hospitalized.

“The suspects were not known to the victims,” Sarna said.

Police recovered a weapon they believe was used. Lawrence police have not released the names of the victims.

Sarna said on Tuesday morning that the 28-year-old gunshot victim was in critical but stable condition.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said his office will file official charges on Wednesday.

According to police, one of the male suspects was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. The other man and the two women were arrested on conspiracy and aggravated robbery charges.

The Journal-World generally does not name suspects until charges are filed.

Comments

WHY 4 years, 6 months ago

We need to increase the toll from Topeka to Lawrence. $3 should keep them out.

aha 4 years, 6 months ago

should be another fun comment section today.

yankeevet 4 years, 6 months ago

Is there a discription of the subjects?

Kontum1972 4 years, 6 months ago

what makes u think they came down the toll road....? east sixth comes right out of their slum area...

lgreen17 4 years, 6 months ago

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whats_going_on 4 years, 6 months ago

haha seems while we're always saying all of the other towns are better at things, our police are being praised

(random user comment on cjonline)

"maybe TPD can learn from LPD how to solve a case. Seems to me LPD always get there men-women. TPD would still be looking and asking for tips. Hope the young man recovers."

sentinel4820 4 years, 6 months ago

I have always been impressed with LPD's patrol officers...Lawrence has never had an unsolved homicide and that goes to show you the quality of men/woman we have protecting us....

sentinel4820 4 years, 6 months ago

What was the situation with Harry Oliver? As you may have missed in the numerous hit and run's resulting in death here in Lawrence, a hit and run does not constitute a homicide unless one can prove malicious intent to kill that person.....

I commend you for honoring our police officers by tying a blue ribbon on your car antenna, but I assure you that you are honoring all police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, not just Lawrence police officers...see this link http://www.nleomf.com/

aeroscout17 4 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately it does not take much to be better than the TPD (not to degrade LPD).

sentinel4820 4 years, 6 months ago

That is true aeroscout....Unfortunately a lot of Lawrence's criminal element seem to float from Topeka...Lawrence now has the third highest crime rate in the state behind Wichita and Topeka..That is disturbing to me!!!

redneck 4 years, 6 months ago

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yankeevet 4 years, 6 months ago

God made some men small and some big; and Uncle Colt made all men equal.......semper fi mac

robinhoodlum 4 years, 6 months ago

Packing heat is a great idea until the one packing happens to be an idiot or a criminal. Then the criminals and especially the idiots have to much legal protection.

Scott Kaiser 4 years, 6 months ago

Um...that would be the second amendment.

wakarusan 4 years, 6 months ago

I was wondering if LJWORLD.COM would post this headline? "Lawrence police arrest four Eudora (or Ottawa) residents in connection with Monday morning shooting" if they were from Eudora or Ottawa and not Topeka?

Bob Forer 4 years, 6 months ago

Nice work Lawrence and topeka police.

lounger 4 years, 6 months ago

Ouch! you nailed it on the head The_Big_B! That is one of the best descriptions of East topeka I have ever heard (and I have heard a lot)-Bravo...

RKLOG 4 years, 6 months ago

23rd and Virginia, where they were arrested in Topeka is a fairly nice neighborhood.

skinny 4 years, 6 months ago

Here is how a real newspaper prints the local news! From the Topeka Capital:

Topekans arrested in shooting By The Capital-Journal Created October 12, 2010 at 11:26am

Updated October 12, 2010 at 11:44am Several Topekans were taken into custody after being interviewed about a shooting Monday that left a Lawrence man in critical but stable condition.

Four individuals were taken into custody in Topeka and arrested in connection with the following charges, according to the Lawrence Police Department:

• Christopher A. Bush, 19, Topeka, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery.

• Desmond J. Jackson, 19, Topeka, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery.

• Rylie R. Musick, 18, Topeka, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery

• Ashley A. Halstead, 22, Topeka, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery

Lawrence police were dispatched at 4:41 a.m. Monday to an apartment building in 2500 block of Redbud Lane where they found a 28-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was treated at the scene by Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical and later airlifted to a Kansas City-area hospital.

A 25-year-old male Lawrence resident also was involved in the altercation and received a minor injury to his head from blunt trauma, Lawrence police said. He was treated for the injury but not hospitalized.

The suspects weren't known to the victims, Lawrence police said.

On Monday afternoon, Lawrence and Topeka officers responded to S.E. 23rd and Virginia in Topeka in connection with the search warrant. Topeka Police Department's response team and negotiators also responded, Topeka police Lt. Scott Gilchrist said. A person of interest, and possibly others, were barricaded in a home. The person, who didn't have a weapon, was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m.

The weapon believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered, Lawrence police said. The names of the victims aren't being released pending family notification.

Those with information can call the Lawrence Police Department at (785) 832-7650 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at (785) 843-TIPS.

redneck 4 years, 6 months ago

Aggravated battery is what the shooter is being charged with? I'm sorry, but when you shoot somebody, you're not trying to just knock out some teeth or break their nose. You are intending to kill them. I suppose attempted murder doesn't apply, because they had not planned ahead of time to kill anybody. I think the moment you point the weapon at them, you are planning on using deadly force. I know you can kill somebody with you're fist, but you can kill somebody with just one shot. I hope he gets at least 20 years for what he has done. I'm a gun owner myself, and people who do this sort of thing, give the rest of us a bad name. I hope the victim makes a full recovery.

Reuben Turner 4 years, 6 months ago

and all this time i thought the makeover they did around redbud would improve the minds of the people that stay there; was i ever wrong. redbud is still a dangerous place.

redneck 4 years, 6 months ago

Makes you wonder why they choose that area. I won't be moving to redbud anytime soon, for sure. Scarey thing is that I don't live very far from that area.

CHKNLTL 4 years, 6 months ago

These young age group of criminals that are around....they are going to be causing trouble for the rest of us throughout their lifetimes until they get shot and killed themselves. The younger people seem to have little regard for the welfare of others....unless they can steal it away. I think it may be a good idea for each nice person the carry a gun, to threaten or blow away the not-so-nice people that are coming out of the woodwork these days.

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