Perry man arrested overnight on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder; LPD says alleged shooting linked to 2022 attempted homicide

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

A Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured June 28, 2022.

A 38-year-old Perry man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an alleged shooting that took place early Sunday morning in an industrial park in northern Lawrence.

The alleged incident is believed to be linked to an attempted-murder case from 2022, according to information obtained by the Journal-World from the Lawrence Police Department.

In an email to the Journal-World on Sunday, LPD Sgt. Drew Fennelly said that officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Packer Road around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday for reports of the sound of gunfire. Fennelly said that a 911 caller “indicated a person in a vehicle had fired a gun at a person standing near a commercial building in the area.” Packer Road is in a Lawrence industrial park that houses Berry Plastics and several other industrial businesses north of the Kansas Turnpike.

As officers were en route to the scene, a second caller reported that a “known individual had tried to shoot them,” Fennelly said in the email.

According to Fennelly, a suspect was found at approximately 6:30 a.m in Lecompton — and with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, was taken into custody without further incident. Fennelly added that investigators are still working to collect evidence and gather additional information.

According to Douglas County Jail booking logs, Travis Charles Kopp, of Perry, was booked into the jail Sunday on suspicion of murder in the first degree and is being held with no bond.

Fennelly also told the Journal-World that the alleged incident is believed to be connected to a September 2022 shooting that was alleged to have taken place in the 3500 block of West 24th Street in Lawrence. As the Journal-World reported last year, Kopp was one of two individuals allegedly targeted in the shooting. The defendant in that case, Steven Drake, was acquitted in the case in July.


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