Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Topeka officer

Ross Preston Lane, accused of killing Topeka PD Cpl. Jason Harwood in September, 2014 (Photo courtesy KSNT)
Cpl. Jason Harwood Topeka PD, killed in the line of duty in September 2014 (Photo courtesy KSNT)
Cpl. Jason Harwood Topeka PD, killed in the line of duty in September 2014 (Photo courtesy KSNT)

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

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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