Juveniles detained after rolling gun battle travels from Topeka to Lawrence

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

A Lawrence police car sits outside a crime scene in this file photo from 2009.

Updated 10:22 a.m. Wednesday

A rolling gun battle that started in Topeka early Wednesday morning traveled all the way to Lawrence, where two vehicles were stopped and multiple juveniles were taken into custody.

About 12:55 a.m., the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office got a call from a motorist who reported being chased and shot at by a white passenger car, according to a news release from the agency.

The incident started near Lake Shawnee in southeast Topeka, where someone in the white car fired several shots at the caller’s vehicle, the release said. The caller made several turns through Topeka before heading out of town eastward on U.S. Highway 40 into Lawrence, while the suspect followed and shot a gun several more times along the way.

In Douglas County, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence Police Department located the vehicles at Sixth Street and Kansas Highway 10. Local authorities stopped both vehicles and took the people involved into custody “without further incident,” the release said.

According to emergency radio traffic, speeds remained around 65 mph on Sixth Street as authorities pursued the vehicles into Lawrence.

One of the vehicles was reportedly hit with stop sticks, according to radio traffic. The first vehicle stopped near Sixth Street and Queens Road. The second vehicle stopped on Sixth Street near Wakarusa Drive.

Law enforcement recovered a gun from the white car and observed bullet holes in the back of the caller’s vehicle, according to the release. Multiple juveniles — the release did not specify how many — were taken to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer said one of the juveniles was ultimately arrested, on suspicion of criminal discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal use of a weapon and possession of marijuana.

The incident is still being investigated, and law enforcement urges anyone with information to contact the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office at 785-251-2200.

— This story was first reported by Operation 100 News, which provides overnight news coverage for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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