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December 9th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up
At 2:10 a.m., Lawrence Fire was called out to investigated a car fire in the 1700 block of W 20th Terrace. One apparatus responded and reported a working fire in the engine compartment of a passenger vehicle. No injuries were reported.
Just before 2:30 a.m., KU Police reported "multiple shots fired" near McDonalds in the 900 block of W 23rd Street. KUPD briefly chased a vehicle that was reportedly related to the shots fired report. The KUPD officer discontinued his chase, reporting that the vehicle was a white Buick Regal westbound on 23rd Street at 80 mile per hour. Lawrence Police arrived at McDonalds to investigate and reported "several different shell casings". There was no word on whether Police believed there to be some sort of shootout or if both shooters were in the same vehicle. Officers also responded to the 800 block of W 24th Street while investigating the shots fired incident. No injuries or damage to any property were reported.
At approximately 2:35 a.m., Lawrence Police conducted a vehicle stop near the intersection of Bob Billings Parkway and Iowa Street. Scanner traffic indicated that one subject was taken into custody for questioning and a "handgun" was recovered in the vehicle. Several witnesses were also questioned by Police. No word currently if anyone has been formally arrested in connection with the incident.
The Journal-World has a story on this incident and will be updating it as soon as new information is available from Police. You can find the story here.
At 5:20 a.m., Lawrence Police were called out to the Walmart in the 3300 block of Iowa Street after receiving a report of subjects possibly shooting at each other with what the caller believed to be pellet guns. Emergency Dispatchers told officers that their caller believed the subjects were "going downtown to possibly break windows." No other information about this call was available.
Lawrence Police also conducted several more vehicle stops and responded on a noise complaint. None of this mornings activity resulted in any serious injuries.
Sadly, over the past few weeks there has been a spike in suicide attempts throughout my listening area. As this is one of the scanner calls that is never easy to hear. I urge anyone struggling with depression to talk to someone. Here is a message from Kansas City's Fox 4, WDAF, on the loss of their friend, morning Meteorologist Don Harman and Don's struggle with depression. LINK to story and video. As always, let's remember to keep any comments appropriate.
The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.
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