Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Police officer injured while arresting burglary suspect at T-Mobile store

April 3, 2013


A police officer was injured Tuesday night while arresting a suspect in a break-in at the T-Mobile store, 1700 W. 23rd Street.

The officer had responded to a burglary alarm at the store just before midnight Tuesday, and saw a person exit a broken window and run east, throwing several cell phones aside as he fled, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

As the man tried to jump a fence and escape, the officer pulled him down and a struggle ensued. The suspect kicked the officer in the knee and continued to resist, McKinley said, when pepper spray and a Taser failed to stop him.

Isaac Tirrell Clark, 36, of Topeka, was arrested after two more officers arrived at the scene.

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On Wednesday, Clark remained in Douglas County Jail. Douglas County prosecutors have charged him with burglary, theft, criminal damage, obstruction, battery of a law enforcement officer, and possession of a controlled substance. Pro Tem Judge James George set Clark's bond at $7,500, and he is scheduled to appear in court again April 9.

The injured police officer was treated for a knee injury at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released. McKinley said he will require follow-up treatment, and is the third officer in a week to be injured by a suspect while making an arrest.


meatheadwisdom 5 years, 1 month ago

Pretty tough, hang in there guys. Thanks for putting your lives on the line for our safety!

bad_dog 5 years, 1 month ago

I really can't believe they deleted my post containing one word; a proper noun naming a certain state capital to our west, followed by a question mark. Even more surprising is the fact a more descriptive post naming the same upstanding community as the source of these problems remains.

How the heck was my post a violation of TOS? Someone got their feelings hurt by a one word question?

I'll probably have to ask FakeJeffWithey...

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 1 month ago

The "free phones" are given to people who cannot afford phone service.

This guy was stealing phones to sell for money, he didn't need a new phone.

otto 5 years, 1 month ago

Nothing is free - someone has to pay for it. My guess is that it's not you.

repaste 5 years, 1 month ago

"Trying to match wits with a half-wit"

ljwhirled 5 years, 1 month ago

I was stunned to see that that upstanding individual was from Topeka.

ljwhirled 5 years, 1 month ago

How about some license plate cams on Hwy 40 and on all of the I-70 exits.

Run the plates against warrants and stolen vehicles real time, then pull them over and arrest them here in Lawrence.

if they have dope, impound and sell their vehicles.

somebodynew 5 years, 1 month ago

g_rock -nobody ever said criminals were SMART.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 1 month ago

Tuesday, and saw a person exit a broken window and run east, throwing several cell phones aside as he fled,

---"can you uh hear me NOW?"

bearded_gnome 5 years, 1 month ago

dear LPD officer, thanks! you just got some scum off the street and took harm to yourself. good job. in a way, it's too bad the article doesn't name the officer so as to honor him/her.

controled substance? and just what might that be?

bevy 5 years, 1 month ago

Apparently some pretty powerful stuff if neither pepper spray nor a taser subdued the guy! Thanks to the officer, thank goodness the injury wasn't worse!

dlkrm 5 years, 1 month ago

Three injured officers this week and the police are still using pepper spray and tasers? Not if I were police chief. They need to be able to actually protect themselves and the community, not play games.

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