A Lawrence police officer injured his knee in a foot chase but was still able to subdue a 26-year-old Overland Park man with a Taser on Tuesday night while investigating a stolen vehicle in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane.
Sgt. Trent McKinley, police spokesman, said officers were initially sent there about 11:40 p.m. to look into suspicious activity around the vehicle. Police discovered the vehicle was stolen. One suspect, John Stephen Kissell, ran from officers, and during a pursuit an officer was able to catch up to him and take Kissell to the ground.
“The suspect appeared compliant at that point and the officer began to apply handcuffs,” McKinley said. “The suspect then attacked the officer and wrestled with him.”
At one point, according to police, Kissell pinned the officer’s leg and applied force, partially incapacitating the officer.
“As the suspect was over the injured officer, fearing further attack, the officer utilized his Taser one time,” McKinley said. “This briefly stopped the suspect’s actions, and he was taken into custody by the injured officer and one additional pursuing officer.
The officer, 25, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and his injury, which will require further treatment, was described as serious but not life threatening, McKinley said.
Kissell was also taken to LMH as a precautionary measure because a Taser was used in his arrest, but he was later booked into jail on charges of aggravated battery on an officer, obstruction, two counts of possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was also booked into jail and held on $50,000 bond on a warrant for a Johnson County probation violation related to 2011 domestic battery and felon in possession of a firearm convictions.
Prosecutors could decide today to file formal charges related to the Lawrence chase.