- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Four police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man after he committed two carjackings and fired at them during a standoff on a Topeka bridge in April, the Shawnee County district attorney said.

District Attorney Chad Taylor said Monday that three officers from the Topeka Police Department and one Capitol Police officer acted in self-defense and to protect others when they shot 38-year-old Richard Reed of Maple Hill, the Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1Rz084p ) reported.

Reed had carjacked two vehicles and then rammed into several others - including a police car - before he was shot multiple times as he fired at officers, according to law enforcement affidavits obtained last week by the newspaper.

He was hospitalized for eight days before he died on April 18.

“No criminal action will be taken against the officers,” Taylor said. “The District Attorney’s Office considers the matter closed.”

Names of the police officers involved in the shooting weren’t released in the affidavits or in the district attorney’s statement.

Police officers on the night of April 10 had responded to a convenience store on a report of a man, armed with a rifle and a hatchet, stealing a vehicle belonging to two customers, according to the affidavits.

A Topeka police sergeant driving to work later spotted a speeding vehicle that ran into a ditch. The sergeant pulled over his vehicle and switched on his emergency lights when a man, later identified as Reed, began shooting at him. The sergeant called for help using his police radio.

Meanwhile, a third motorist had stopped his vehicle near the scene when Reed approached him and ordered him to exit before climbing inside.

Reed rammed another patrol car twice on the bridge over Interstate 70, before getting out of the vehicle carrying a rifle, the affidavit said. A police corporal and two patrol officers, as well as a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper assigned to the Capitol Police unit, were at the north end of the bridge.

The officers fired their semi-automatic pistols after Reed shot at them. Officers weren’t injured in the shootout.

An investigation into the incident was conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Topeka Police Department.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com


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