Tonganoxie An Overland Park man who was injured early Thursday when a Tonganoxie police officer shot at him has been released from the hospital and taken into custody by Leavenworth County officials.
Jeff Roberts, 33, was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, domestic battery, criminal damage to property and criminal use of weapons, according to Undersheriff Ron Cranor. Bond is set at $5,750.
Roberts’ mother says her son was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after he fought with her and then had a confrontation with police at his parents’ home in southern Tonganoxie.
Apparently Roberts, who is on medication to treat symptoms of depression, had an argument with his mother about 1 a.m. Thursday and decided he wanted to drive to his Overland Park home. He can’t drive legally, his mother said, because his license was suspended after a DUI arrest in the past year.
Roberts took his car keys from his mother and grabbed an unloaded shotgun from a closet before he went outside. He had shoved his mother before he left the house.
Once outside, Roberts broke windows and beat on the home’s siding with the butt of the gun, his mother said. She called 911.
Asked whether Roberts had pointed the shotgun at officers, Police Chief Jeff Brandau said: “They shot him because they felt threatened.”
Officers did not know Roberts’ gun was unloaded.
The officer fired at Roberts and the bullet struck the shotgun, not Roberts, the chief said.
“It hit the gun, is what the bullet hit, and bullet fragment and parts of it went up into his chest,” Brandau said. “He was lucky.”
Roberts’ mother has said she has no animosity toward police.