$700K bond set for mentally ill man accused of firing gun, causing 2 recent police standoffs

Suspect allegedly threatened officer with gun in latest incident

photo by: Ashley Hocking

Police respond to an incident on Stowe Court on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Even though Adbul Jalil K. Hussein had been involuntarily committed to a state psychiatric hospital, he illegally kept a gun and fired it in town, leading to police standoffs in December and last week, court documents allege.

In the latest standoff, Friday night at Hussein’s house at 620 N. Stowe Court, he fought with a police officer and twice threatened the officer with a gun, court charges allege. The officer fired but didn’t hit the suspect, who retreated into the house for the next 3 1/2 hours before being taken into custody, Lawrence police said in a news release after the incident.

Hussein, 34, is now jailed on $700,000 bond, set over the weekend by Douglas County District Court Judge James McCabria.

On Monday, via video from jail, Hussein made his first appearance in court on newly filed charges from Friday’s standoff and a separate incident in early June. Judge James George left the high bond in place.

George appointed attorney Charles Whitman to represent Hussein in the new cases, as Whitman already represents him in the December standoff case.

As prosecutor C.J. Rieg read his charges, Hussein repeatedly interjected.

“Those charges have been falsified,” Hussein said, more than once.

Hussein told Reig he didn’t know how she “came up with” all of the charges, complained about having the same lawyer and made a comment about adding interest to his bond, at times laughing and stroking his beard.

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Abdul Jalil K. Hussein

Hussein’s next court hearing for all three of his cases will be Monday, July 9, in McCabria’s courtroom.

Friday’s incident began just after 9:50 p.m., when police were dispatched to a disturbance with weapons in the 400 block of North Crestline Drive, according to the Lawrence police news release. When police arrived, the suspect fled in a vehicle to the 600 block of North Stowe Court.

There, the suspect struggled with an officer, went into his house briefly, came back out and “brandished a weapon at the officer,” according to preliminary information from police. The officer fired at the suspect, who went back inside and refused to come out.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody, unhurt, police said. The involved officer is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, and an outside agency, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, was handling the case.

According to the complaint filed Monday, Hussein faces 10 counts in all from Friday’s incident:

• One count of aggravated burglary, a felony, and two counts of criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor, for allegedly damaging a door and a TV at a home on Crestline drive, which Rieg said was Hussein’s mother’s home.

• Two counts of criminal discharge of a firearm, a felony, for allegedly shooting at a structure with a person inside. Charges don’t specify the location of the building where those shots were allegedly fired.

• Two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer for allegedly threatening the officer with a gun and one count of battery against a law enforcement officer for causing bodily harm to the officer, all felonies. Police did not release the officer’s name, but according to the complaint the victim on all those counts was Charles Stewart.

• One felony count and one misdemeanor count of interference with law enforcement.

According to a separate complaint filed June 25, Hussein is charged with three counts stemming from an incident that occurred June 8 at his mother’s house:

• Felony aggravated burglary, misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging her doors.

Hussein also had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court for a June 11 preliminary hearing in the December standoff case.

That standoff began the morning of Dec. 12, 2017, after Hussein was reportedly firing shots into the air outside his house. About 4 1/2 hours later, Hussein was taken into custody and then to the hospital for an evaluation, police said at the time, but they said no more about his whereabouts after that.

On March 16, criminal charges were filed against Hussein from the December standoff:

• One count of criminal use of weapons, a felony, for allegedly possessing a firearm when he “is or has been a mentally ill person subject to involuntary commitment for care and treatment.”

• One count of criminal discharge of a firearm upon or from a public road or right of way, a misdemeanor.

Hussein was arrested on those charges in April but posted $1,000 bond and was released a few days later, according to court records.

An affidavit prepared by Lawrence police in support of Hussein’s arrest after the December standoff describes what allegedly happened that day, what police found when they searched his house and more about his mental illness. The affidavit was included in the public case file.

According to the affidavit:

A neighbor called 911 after seeing Hussein outside yelling and shooting a handgun into the air. Police surrounded his house, and contacted his mother, who told police that she believed Hussein suffered from PTSD but would not get diagnosed by a medical professional.

photo by: Nick Krug

A police vehicle blocks the road along Stowe Drive leading up to Stowe Court, where police were involved in a standoff, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

After Hussein was taken into custody, police searched his house and found two loaded handguns, some spent casings, and a body-armor vest and ski mask Hussein appeared to have been wearing during the incident.

On the drive to the hospital for his evaluation, Hussein would laugh inappropriately and appeared to be having auditory hallucinations. Hussein did not agree to be interviewed by police, but did tell an officer that he hadn’t slept in about five days and was “delusional.”

The Lawrence Police Department was already familiar with Hussein.

His mother and sister had previously contacted police with concerns for his “mental well-being,” police said in the affidavit. “Between June and December of 2017 law enforcement had a couple interactions with Mr. Hussein but did not feel they had met the standard to meet the level of taking Mr. Hussein against his will under the Emergency Detention Statute.”

However, police said the events of Dec. 12 — including Hussein’s screening at the hospital — did meet criteria for involuntary hospitalization at Osawatomie State Hospital. Police told him criminal charges would proceed after his stay there.

According to his application for an appointed attorney in that case, Hussein had been unemployed for a year and wasn’t seeking unemployment benefits because he didn’t know how.

Hussein said in the affidavit he had no money but owned a $52,000 2017 Jeep Wrangler, which he owed $45,000 on.

According to his bond conditions in the December standoff case, Hussein was not to possess any firearms.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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