KBI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Junction City


GEARY COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning in Junction City, Kan.

The Junction City Police Department requested KBI assistance on Sept. 9 at approximately 4:10 a.m. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) responded to the scene.

Officers from the Junction City Police Department and deputies from the Geary County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at approximately 2:45 a.m. from a female resident reporting a domestic disturbance with shots fired. Officers and deputies responded to the home at 425 W. 2nd St. in Junction City.

Preliminary information indicates that after they arrived, a perimeter was established. They then called for the female occupant to exit the house. The female resident emerged from the house and was taken to safety. Further attempts were made to contact the armed male resident, who was identified as 70-year-old James Marsh. When Marsh exited the house at approximately 3:20 a.m., he was holding a shotgun and fired shots at police. One sheriff’s deputy and one police officer returned fire, striking Marsh.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

EMS responded, treated Marsh, and then transported him to Stormont Vail hospital in Topeka. He underwent surgery and is currently in fair condition.

The KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting. Once completed the findings will be turned over to the Geary County Attorney for review.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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