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Officer-Involved Shooting In Lawrence

This afternoon, Monday, June 15, 2020, shortly after 3 p.m., the Kansas Highway Patrol was assisting the U.S. Marshal’s service in locating a subject around the Lake Perry area in northeast Kansas. The subject was located and initiated a pursuit with Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers. A Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper intervened with the vehicle and caused it to become disabled and pursuit ended in the area of 19th and Massachusetts in the City of Lawrence. After the suspect vehicle became disabled, the suspect exited and exchanged gunfire with troopers and an officer from a local agency.

The suspect, a white male, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Identification is pending next-of-kin notification.

As is standard practice, and in accordance with Kansas Highway Patrol policy, the troopers involved will be placed on administrative leave while this case is being investigated.

The Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent has asked that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office investigate the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at (913) 782-0720.

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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