Lawrence Police show video of double-homicide suspect’s pursuit and arrest; footage indicates he shot at police

Updated at 2:13 p.m. Monday

The Lawrence Police Department on Monday showed body- and dash-camera footage from the recent pursuit and arrest of a double-homicide suspect. The video included three scenes where the suspect, Rodney Ericson Marshall, is said to have fired a gun at law enforcement officers.

The footage shows the arrest of Marshall, a 51-year-old man who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and one count of attempted murder of a civilian, according to charging documents. First-degree murder and attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer are off-grid felonies and could result in a life sentence.

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

Lawrence Police Chief Rich Lockhart holds a news conference Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, during which he discussed video footage of the pursuit and arrest of a double-homicide suspect in July.

In the video, the chase begins with a Lawrence police officer pursuing a blue truck around 6:20 a.m. on Ninth Street and ends at 6:38 a.m. with two people being apprehended on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora.

As previously reported by the Journal-World, the charges stem from an incident on July 31 when police were called around 1 a.m to a report of gunshots in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street. When police arrived they found a man who had been shot and critically wounded. The man was taken to a Kansas City-area trauma center, where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly after the first shooting was reported, police responded to another report of shots fired in the 300 block of Northwood Lane, which is just east of McDonald Drive in the area near the Kansas Turnpike, and found a man fatally shot.

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

Rodney Ericson Marshall

Charging documents filed in Douglas County District Court identified the two people who were killed as Shelby L. McCoy, 52, of Lawrence, and William D. O’Brien, 43, of Lawrence.

Later that morning, police identified Marshall as a suspect in the case, and when they tried to pull him over shortly after 6 a.m. in the 900 block of Lawrence Avenue, he fled and led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through Lawrence onto eastbound Kansas Highway 10, which the video shows.

While fleeing, Marshall allegedly fired multiple times at police with a handgun. The vehicle was eventually disabled by spike strips deployed by a Eudora police officer, and the vehicle came to a stop outside of Eudora. Police then deployed a drone to survey the vehicle before attempting to arrest the driver, who then surrendered. A woman who was in the vehicle was questioned but was not charged.

Lawrence Police Chief Rich Lockhart attributed the arrest to cooperation among multiple law enforcement agencies. He said the gun that Marshall allegedly fired at police was found in the grass along the pursuit route. Lockhart said he did not know if the gun was the gun used in the homicides.

Lockhart told the Lawrence City Commission on Aug. 2 that a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper involved in the chase had a bullet lodged in the front of his car.

The probable cause affidavit for Marshall’s arrest was sealed on Aug. 8 by Douglas County District Court Judge Amy Hanley, after both the District Attorney’s Office and Marshall’s defense attorneys, Carol Cline and Michael Clarke, filed motions to seal the document.

In the defense’s motion, defense attorney Carol Cline argued that the affidavit could contain incomplete information and that if released to the public it could direct how future jurors perceived the case and risk Marshall’s chance at getting a fair trial.

In the district attorney’s motion, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Seiden said that releasing the document could jeopardize witnesses, reveal investigation techniques or potentially reveal the identity of a victim of a sex crime.

Marshall has multiple felony convictions in Clay County, including convictions for aggravated assault, drug possession and criminal threat intending to terrorize, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. He is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $1.5 million bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on Sept. 14 for a status update.

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Lawrence Police Department on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, showed video of a suspect in a July 2022 double homicide being arrested.

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Lawrence Police Department on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, showed video of a suspect in a July 2022 double homicide being arrested.

photo by: Lawrence Police Department

A map of the pursuit with markers indicating where shots were fired and when police requested additional aid.


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