- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas man accused of fatally shooting a Topeka police officer earlier this month used methamphetamine before the incident and told a passenger he couldn’t go back to prison, according to court documents filed a day after the shooting.

Ross Preston Lane, 30, of Topeka, is charged with capital murder in the death of police Cpl. Jason Harwood during a routine traffic stop. He was taken into custody several hours later after calling Topeka television station WIBW and saying he wanted to turn himself in, according to affidavits provided Friday to The Associated Press under an open meetings request.

Harwood, 40, was a decorated 15-year veteran of the Police Department who pulled over a car driven by Lane at 4:42 p.m. Sept. 7. A passenger in the car told investigators Lane had been speeding on the way back from the Kansas City area and had been asked to slow down shortly before he was pulled over, the affidavits said.

The passenger, whose name was redacted in the court documents, said he saw Lane pull a gun from between the front seats as Harwood approached. He said Lane then fired three to four shots at the officer.

Lane told investigators he had a gun in his lap when Harwood approached his car, and that he heard several shots but did not remember actually shooting the officer, according to the affidavits.



Lane, who also told investigators he had used meth about two hours before the shooting, drove off and pulled into a parking lot where he called his friend Randy Ridens and told him he had shot someone, the court documents said.

The affidavits said Ridens and a woman rode up on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which investigators later determined had been stolen, and the woman got off after Ridens told Lane he needed to get him out of town.

The motorcycle ran out of gas on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence, and Lane threw the weapon used in the shooting near a fence and ran away. The pistol also was later identified as being stolen, investigators said.

Ridens was taken into custody early the next day in Linwood, about 35 miles east of Topeka. He is being held on $1 million bond on charges of obstructing the apprehension of a felon and possession of stolen property.

Lane, who previously served prison time on a felony attempted criminal threat charge from Butler County, is being held without bond. His attorney, Ron Evans, chief of the state’s death penalty defense unit, declined to comment.

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