Report of shots fired leads into overnight incident-UPDATE

Reports of shots fired leads into overnight incident
TOPEKA, Kan.-
Update** A female from inside the residence was able to exit safely through a second story window to first responders and taken to be checked by medical personnel for any reactions with the chemical agents introduced into the residence. First responders then entered the residence and located a deceased male subject inside. A deceased female subject has also been located inside the residence. Identifications will not be released until next of kin can be notified.**

TPD responded to a report of a possible gunshot heard in the 3500 Blk SE 7th townhomes on January 4th at approximately 9:30 p.m. The caller reported hearing what was possibly a gunshot and then a female yelling.
Officers arrived and were able to observe an individual down inside but were unable to gain entry or to determine the extent of the individuals injuries due gunshots being fired from inside the residence toward responding officers.
TPD, Shawnee Sheriff, Shawnee County Park Police, Lawrence Police and Kansas Highway Patrol and other Law Enforcement Agencies came into the area and set a perimeter. TPD Crisis Negotiators and Response Team were called in to stabilize the incident.
Neighboring affected residences have been evacuated and the Red Cross has been called to assist residents and first responders.
Negotiators attempted to make contact and briefly spoke with the subject inside who threatened to fire at any first responders.
The individual continues to shoot out towards first responders sporadically through this incident timeframe.
Identification on the individual armed inside the residence is yet to be determined.
The area on Rice Rd between 6th and 8th has been closed for an undetermined amount of time.
The situation is still active, and very dangerous- please avoid the area.

Contact: LT Colleen Stuart cstuart@topeka.org

Report of shots fired leads to overnight incident

January 5, 2018
Reports of shots fired leads into overnight incident
TOPEKA, Kan.- TPD responded to a report of a possible gunshot heard in the 3500 Blk SE 7th townhomes. Caller reported hearing what was possibly a gunshot and then a female yelling.
Officers arrived and were able to observe an individual down inside but were unable to gain entry or to determine the extent of the individuals injuries due gunshots being fired from inside the residence toward responding officers.
TPD, Shawnee Sheriff, Shawnee County Park Police, Lawrence Police and Kansas Highway Patrol and other Law Enforcement Agencies came into the area and set a perimeter. TPD Crisis Negotiators and Response Team were called in to stabilize the incident.
Neighboring affected residences have been evacuated and the Red Cross has been called to assist residents and first responders.
Negotiators attempted to make contact and briefly spoke with the subject inside who threatened to fire at any first responders.
The individual continues to shoot out towards first responders sporadically through this incident timeframe.
Identification on the individual armed inside the residence is yet to be determined.
The area on Rice Rd between 6th and 8th has been closed for an undetermined amount of time.
The situation is still active, and very dangerous- please avoid the area.
Contact: LT Colleen Stuart cstuart@topeka.org

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month- it happens more than you think.
The Kansas Attorney Generals Office has a Human Trafficking Advisory Board which explores the issues of human trafficking in the state of Kansas. This team of advisors is composed of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, court personnel, advocates, victims of human trafficking and other pertinent parties who have expertise in this field. Learn more about the topic here: https://ag.ks.gov/public-safety/human-trafficking

Suspicious Death- Victim Identified

Suspicious Death- Victim Identified
TOPEKA, Kan.- On December 20th, 2017 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Topeka Fire and Police personnel were dispatched to the area of SE 15th and SE Hudson for a report of a vehicle on fire. While extinguishing the fire, crews noticed a person was inside the vehicle. The individual inside was found deceased.
UPDATE:
January 3, 2018- Topeka Fire Department Arson investigators have ruled the vehicle fire incendiary in nature, intentionally set. The Shawnee County Coroners’ office has ruled the death a homicide.
The victim has been positively identified as Arnulfo Garcia, 30, of Lawrence.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Topeka Police Department Detectives at 368-9400.
Contact:

Body found at vacant lot- remains unidentified

Body found at vacant lot- remains unidentified

TOPEKA, Kan.- At approximately 1230 TPD received a report of a possible deceased person in the basement area of a vacant lot in the 300 Blk SW Watson. Workers dropping off construction items at the lot saw what they believed to be a person in the basement area.

Officers located a white female approximately in her 50’s; medical personnel pronounced the subject deceased. Positive Identification has not been made and no identification will be made known until next of kin has been notified.  No foul play is suspected at this time. Any inquiries should be made to the Shawnee County Coroner’s office.

 

 

Contact:   LT Colleen Stuart  cstuart@topeka.org

KDOC has donation drive for children and TPD

The Kansas Department of Corrections recently held a donation drive amongst their employees. The goal was to provide basic care items, blankets and some toys to children who may, through circumstances outside of their control, find themselves at the police station in a hurry or for an extended period of time.

Today, Hope Burns from KDOC was met by several TPD Commanders to receive the wonderful donations gained through the drive.

The TPD and the children say thank you!

OK program students put best foot forward

The OK Program of Topeka has been highlighted before because it is doing amazing things- TPD OFC Bell is currently the coordinator and has a large group of community men who dedicate their time and skills to mentor the students in the program.
How is that working? the program works with approximately 40 boys in middle school. There is criteria to enter the program and OFC Bell has found those that have participated have improved in nearly every area of school and personal life! Grades have been raised, school discipline has gone down and the mentors can begin to see pride in each young man.
So much that recently the group of students told the mentors they wanted to learn how to dress professionally, beginning with how to tie a tie. It has gone far beyond that now- not only have they learned how to tie their ties, but dress shirts have been donated to the group and so have haircuts! They are exuding confidence and pride now and there is nothing stopping them from accomplishing any goal they set before them-wonderful things are happening!

TPD gives a little Christmas spirit

For 19 years Party with a Purpose, out of Christ the King Church, has adopted families for the Christmas season. This year, in partnership with the United Ways Christmas Bureau- they adopted 56 families specifically tied to Topeka’s Pine Ridge Prep school.

Within those families was a little boy who wants to be a police officer. What better way to deliver Christmas than by police motorcycle?  So-the TPD motorcycle unit showed up on his front step- and what he opened was a dream come true- a police uniform with his name on it!

So very cool to not only have your own uniform but to sit on a police motorcycle with real motorcycle officers-

Great to meet you Officer KJ!

Arrest made in 2015 Homicide

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017
Arrest made in 2015 Homicide
TOPEKA, Kan.- It has been nearly two and a half years since the TPD responded to a drive by shooting in the area of SE GOLF PARK BLVD & SE FREMONT ST on July 6th, 2015. The victim, a 5year old girl, succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital, marking the incident as the 6th homicide of 2015.
TPD Detectives sought the public’s assistance for any information; officer presence was increased for several months following the homicide in an attempt to deter and decrease violent crime in the area and to receive any information possible in developing a suspect or suspects.
Now, nearing the end of 2017, TPD Detectives have arrested a person of interest in the homicide of Lily Coates-Nichols. Jessie D. Hughes, 21, has been taken into custody through continued investigation by TPD Detectives, and transported to the Department of Corrections on charges of 1st degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm.
Anyone with knowledge of this incident, or any other crime for that matter, is asked to call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9200, or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007, or you can report on-line at http://www.topekacrimestoppers.org/
Contact: LT Jennifer Cross jcross@topeka.org
All persons charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.