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Hotel shooter not yet identified

By Bethany Knipp

The name of the gunman in Tuesday morning’s shooting at Quality Inn and Suites in Manhattan has yet to be released by area law enforcement.

RCPD director Brad Schoen held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to talk about the department’s involvement in shooting an armed man after he opened fire outside the hotel around 6 a.m.

Schoen said the shooter failed to comply with authorities to stop firing his weapon and drop it. Officers then returned fire, struck the man multiple times and followed up by assisting with first aid and summoning emergency medical personnel. 

When Schoen was asked at the press conference if the situation involved hostages, he said it did not.

Schoen said he asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to take over the case to avoid bias, given the RCPD’s role, on which the director would not comment further pending the investigation. He said the names of RCPD officers involved in the shooting would not be released yet.

RCPD Public Information Officer Matthew Droge said the exact number of Riley County police on scene was unclear.

Deputies from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene because Quality Inn and Suites is located at 150 E. Poyntz Ave., which is in Pottawatomie County.

Sheriff Greg Riat said he couldn’t comment on the case because said one of his officers was involved in the incident.

The shooter was arrested by Riley County police for aggravated assault. Depending on the results from the KBI’s investigation, the man could potentially be charged further in Pottawatomie County, Schoen said.

Personnel from the KBI were not immediately available to comment.

The general manager of Quality Inn and Suites also declined to comment about the situation.

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