Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Topeka officer

Ross Preston Lane (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of a Topeka police officer.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Ross Preston Lane pleaded guilty Friday in the September 2014 death of police Cpl. Jason Harwood. Harwood was shot three times during a routine traffic stop. Harwood was wearing a bulletproof vest but was hit in the neck and abdomen.

During a hearing Friday in Shawnee County District Court, Lane also pleaded guilty to felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. His sentencing is set for July 24.

Another defendant, Randy Ridens, is accused of giving Lane a ride out of Topeka after the shooting. He’s charged with obstructing apprehension of Lane and possession of a stolen motorcycle.

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