Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tonganoxie police shoot armed man, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office investigating

Police responded to report of disturbance by armed individual

February 24, 2011, 8:48 a.m. Updated February 25, 2011, 12:55 a.m.


400 block of 12th Street

Jeff Roberts’ mother said she doesn’t know what caused her son to grab a shotgun and go outside his parents’ house, where he was later shot by a Tonganoxie police officer early Thursday morning.

Roberts has been splitting time living in his Overland Park home and his parents’ home in Tonganoxie.

The 33-year-old was at his parents’ home early Thursday morning when, according to his mother, Velda Roberts, he told her he wanted to return to Overland Park.

When she told him that wasn’t feasible, Jeff became adamant about wanting to leave, his mother said.

“I still don’t know what triggered it,” Velda said. “He felt he needed to go home.”

Soon after, her son, who is on medication for depression, pushed his mother and then grabbed a shotgun from a closet and went outside.

Velda called 911 about 1:10 a.m. Thursday from her home in the 400 block of 12th Street and told dispatch her son was outside with a shotgun.

That’s where police shot the armed man, according to a statement from Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeffrey Brandau: “Shortly after officers arrived on the scene, the officers shot an armed individual that is alleged to have been a party to the disturbance.”

Velda said officers informed her later Thursday that Jeff was in stable condition at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

Leavenworth County Sheriff’s officers also were on the scene Thursday morning. It is typical for an outside agency to investigate when a police officer is involved in a shooting.

Brandau said the investigation was ongoing and information was preliminary, but he expected to release more information today.

Velda said she wasn’t aware her son knew that the shotgun was in the home and to her knowledge it was not loaded.

When law enforcement arrived, she said, officers instructed her and Jeff’s father, Herb, to remain in the home.

“I do feel as far as working with us and follow-up, we really do commend both the police department and sheriff’s department,” Velda said. “They did a good job when they were here.”

She said her son, a computer programmer, had been laid off from his job and was without work for about the last two years. She said he has battled depression since that time and currently is unable to drive because of a DUI arrest this past year.

Velda said Jeff has been undergoing medical treatment as well, but she said she hopes he now will be able to find the additional help he needs.

“It’s been a tough thing for him to deal with,” Velda said of Jeff’s unemployment. “He’s a bright young guy.”

And again, she complimented Tonganoxie police and the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office for how they handled the situation.

“They were very considerate of us and of Jeff in the way he was treated,” Velda said. “And we appreciate that.”

Lt. Billy Adcox, a police spokesman, said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is also standard procedure for when an officer is involved in a shooting.


4everahawk 7 years, 2 months ago

When did the police start using shotguns?

garyr 7 years, 2 months ago

That's exactly what I was thinking, hawk. It could have been this scenario..."Ummmmm, Oops, I thought this thing shot bean bags!".

Stuart Evans 7 years, 2 months ago

over the years, I've found myself in the front seat of a police car or two. In all my recollections, each car had a dash mounted shotgun.

Majestic42 7 years, 2 months ago

when have police NOT used shotguns? Ever seen a movie? Ever watched COPS?

Shane Garrett 7 years, 2 months ago

I am thinking what part of "put the gun down" did the wounded person not understand?

otto 7 years, 2 months ago

Seems to me they always have shotguns in the car. It's a lot safer to shoot a shotgun at someone standing in front of a house than a pistol that will travel through the wall or walls and hit someone else. Seems like a good choice.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 2 months ago

Based on casual observation, having a shotgun in the patrol car seems to be SOP.

justforfun 7 years, 2 months ago

Shoot first, ask questions later!! Good work!!!

fu7il3 7 years, 2 months ago

Not to harp too much on word usage, but since when is an armed suspect who gets shot by the police a "victim?"

rukidingme 7 years, 2 months ago

Were in the paper did it say anything about a shot gun. If people don't want to get shot by the police don't point a gun at them. Officers are trained by the state if suspect points gun at you shoot before you get shot. What about the officer and his family what is going through his mind right now. No one wants to shoot another person.

Gary Anderson 7 years, 2 months ago

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., for treatment for a shotgun wound, Brandau said.

imastinker 7 years, 2 months ago

No, the victim is on administrative leave pending an investigation about the events leading up to this.

Dixie Jones 7 years, 2 months ago

nooooo the victim is not on admin leave , the officer is.

somebodynew 7 years, 2 months ago

And the officer is the VICTIM of an Aggravated Assault.

Peacemaker452 7 years, 2 months ago

Do you have some information that is not in the story? There is nothing there that says the individual assaulted or attempted to assault the cop. The act of being armed is not in itself against the law. I don’t claim to know what happened but it would not be the first time a cop over reacted to a situation.

jessanddaron 7 years, 2 months ago

Too bad he didn't have his MP-15 or he could have really let em fly!

And I do believe it's SOP to carry a shotgun in the trunk, although I don't know how practical it is to go grab something from the trunk with a gun pointed at you. Either way, none of us were there and if someone HAS to be shot I'm glad it's someone aiming at the police and not the police themselves.

Sean Bell would disagree though if he were still alive...

imastinker 7 years, 2 months ago

It seems I've seen shotguns right next to the officer between the drivers and passengers seat, bolted to the headache rack. Shotguns do offer much more flexibility as far as the projectile being used, from bird shot to buck shot to slugs or rubber bullets. I have even seem some really wild things like two slugs with a wire between them for maximum damage - I have no idea why someone would manufacture stuff like that. The point is that shotguns are a pretty flexible weapon for a LEO to carry.

BigPrune 7 years, 2 months ago

Was it an attempted suicide by the person who got shot? A lot of times the person can't do it themselves so they point the gun at the cops and the cops end up doing it for them. just sayin.

tigerlil42 7 years, 2 months ago

maybe they meant to say gun shot instead of shotgun, just saying

mobugs2009 7 years, 2 months ago

I didnt see the article when it was first added and it does show that it was updated this evening, but the article states he was treated for a GUNSHOT wound not a shotgun wound. Wow people are any rate good job Tongie cops for keeping the citizens safe, hope the guy will get help if that is needed and this has a good outcome. On a lighter note, I wonder if said officer had to take the bullet out of his shirt pocket first? hehe ;) sorry couldnt resist

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