McPherson officer cleared in 2014 shooting of Kanopolis man

Image from June 2014 officer-involved shooting in McPherson

MCPHERSON, Kan. – A McPherson police officer has been cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting of a Kanoplis man.  The incident occurred in early June 2014.

According to the McPherson Police Department, a hit-and-run collision occurred in McPherson at the intersection of Maxwell and Kansas Ave. on June 4.  The suspect vehicle then fled southbound to the 1900 block of South Maxwell.

Officers responded to the scene, and officials say the driver, 55-year-old Timothy Ronald Lloyd was located outside of his car.

Police say Lloyd charged at one officer, who fired several shots. Lloyd was pronounced dead at a McPherson hospital.

Following the shooting, the incident was referred to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for an independent investigation.

In a news release, McPherson Police Chief Robert D. McClarty said, “After a through, independent investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and a review of the evidence by the McPherson County Attorney, the officer involved was cleared of all fault by the County Attorney and the use of dead force was found justified.”

McClarty says the officer has returned to full active duty with the McPherson Police Department.

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