Officers, deputies nominated for commendation for handling of armed prowler incident

Two Eudora police officers and two Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies were recommended for commendation last week before the Eudora City Council.

“It’s not because this was the crime of the century, and it’s not because the suspect is public enemy No. 1. And it probably wasn’t the most taxing situation the officers have ever been in,” said Eudora Interim Police Chief David Burger of an Oct. 17 incident involving an armed prowler. “But it was complex and handled under difficult conditions.”

During the incident, Eudora officers Brandon Sharp and Eric Garcia, as well as Sheriff’s Deputies Kristen Dymacek and Brandon Lewis, responded to a prowler reportedly looking through windows in the 900 block of Maple Street.

The officers located the suspect, and a foot chase ensued.

At one point, the suspect was armed with a metal pipe and charged at an officer. Burger said lethal force would have been justified, but the officer showed restraint and instead used a Taser. Even following the Taser, the suspect continued to run from police. Officers worked together to corner the suspect and were eventually able to arrest him on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, criminal trespassing and obstructing the legal process.

One of the officers, Garcia, broke an ankle during the chase.

Burger said he wanted to highlight the work of the officers, who “handled it perfectly,” he said.