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Man killed in Ottawa Shooting

By The Herald Staff

                An unidentified white man was left dead about 8 p.m. Saturday near the Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot, 2008 S. Princeton St., Ottawa, in a shooting that involved officers from the Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office,

                “There was an incident that involved an officer shooting,” Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, said in a press conference that took place shortly after 1 a.m. near the Orscheln store. “During the course of that shooting, officers from the Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were involved in what turned out to be a fatal shooting.”

                Hunting and law enforcement officials declined to provide any details about the victim or the shooting, saying the incident was still in the early stages of the investigation.

                Because officers from the police department and sheriff’s office were both involved, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the shooting, Hunting said. He said the shooting involved several officers. No officers were injured in the shooting.

                Crime scene tape was strung from the Orscheln parking lot across Princeton Street. Princeton Street from Orscheln to 21st Street Terrace was barricaded off from traffic, as well as all the entrances to Orscheln. Law enforcement officials estimated the street still could be closed Sunday morning as the investigation continued through the night.

                “The officers who were involved responded to a call for service and they acted based upon the training they were given both from the [police] academy and after the academy,” Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief, said at the press conference. “The actions they took are under investigation by the KBI. And they will present their findings to the county attorney or some other prosecutor to determine whether or not the officers acted appropriately.”

                The Ottawa police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing as standard procedure, Butler said. But that action should not be interpreted as any indication that they did something wrong, Butler said. 

                Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, did not say if the sheriff’s deputies involved in the shooting would be placed on administrative leave, but he said the department would follow standard protocol and cooperate with the KBI throughout the investigation.

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