Police fire back and wound shooter at Quality Inn

By Bethany Knipp

An armed man who fired at police was shot and wounded by officers Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at the Quality Inn and Suites, 150 E. Poyntz, around 6 a.m., after the Riley County Police Department received a 911 call regarding shots fired.

According to information provided by the RCPD, officers from Riley and Pottawatomie counties responded to the call, and found a man firing a weapon outside the hotel.

Officers ordered the man to stop shooting, and when he refused to halt, they fired backand hit him multiple times.

First aid was rendered immediately, and the man ultimately was transported to Mercy Regional Health Center for treatment.

Among the law enforcement agencies that responded were the RCPD, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The Quality Inn is located in Pottawatomie County.

There was confusion at the scene for a considerable length of time, as some witnesses suggested there might have been another person involved — perhaps a victim of the gunman.

An officer who declined to give his name told The Mercury, “We responded to a domestic (call). When we got here, the guy opened fire, so we shot back.”

A search of the premises indicated that the shooter apparently was the only person involved, and the RCPD reported that “there were no injuries to officers or innocent bystanders during the incident.”

Quality Inn guest John Shelton of Stillwater, Okla., and owner of Orange Leaf in Manhattan, said he heard bangs and what sounded like someone shutting the door several times. He said he was instructed to stay in his room during the incident.

Guests of the hotel were able to leave the premises a few hours after the suspect was taken into custody, but entry to the hotel remained blocked with yellow tape and patrol cars.

More than a dozen patrol cars from area law enforcement agencies surrounded the hotel and blocked the area from traffic until 9:45 a.m.

The RCPD indicated in a press release that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation had been asked to handle the matter of potential criminal charges, as well as officer actions related to the incident.

The KBI has agreed to do so and is now the lead agency in the case, but any criminal charges against the subject will be handled by the Pottawatomie County Attorney’s Office — pending review of the case.

The names of the officers involved have not been released with the KBI investigation in progress.

The shooter also has not yet been identified.

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