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KBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting on Turnpike East of Topeka

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SHAWNEE COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI)  is investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred Thursday night on the Kansas Turnpike in Shawnee County.  

 The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) contacted the KBI at approximately 8:20 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to request assistance investigating the shooting. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) responded to the scene.

 At approximately 7:45 p.m., a KHP trooper identified a stolen tag on a black Chevy S10 pickup in Douglas County along the Kansas Turnpike. When he attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Robert F. Knapp, 40, from Springfield, Mo. refused to stop, and a pursuit began.

 Preliminary information indicates Troopers pursued the pickup heading west on the turnpike toward Topeka. Troopers then deployed tire deflation devices, flattening the vehicle’s tires. Knapp continued driving and the troopers utilized a tactical vehicle intervention to attempt to stop the pickup. The vehicle hit the concrete divider causing it to rest facing east in the westbound lane. Then, the suspect’s vehicle rammed the KHP patrol car, and one trooper fired multiple shots. Knapp was grazed by a bullet. The shooting occurred at approximately 8 p.m. near mile marker 180.

 EMS responded to the scene and both the trooper and Knapp were taken to a local hospital to be assessed and treated for minor injuries. Both have been released from the hospital, and are expected to fully recover.

 Knapp was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections for aggravated battery, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of stolen property, criminal damage to property, interference with a law enforcement officer, and fleeing or attempting to elude.

 The KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting. Once completed the findings will be turned over to the Shawnee County District Attorney for review. This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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