3 Kansas men charged with Illinois officer’s shooting

SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities say three Kansas men have been charged in connection with the shooting of a southern Illinois police officer last month.

Alex Karcher, 22, Xavier McCray, 22, and Xavier Lewis, 24 were arrested by the I-135/I-70 Drug Task Force, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Salina Police Department, McPherson Police Department, Saline County Attorney’s Office, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in the late night hours of Aug. 7 and the early morning hours of Aug. 8.

Carbondale police said the men are charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder and booked into the Saline County jail on $1 million bond.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports a team led by Illinois State Police is continuing to investigate the July 31 shooting of officer Trey Harris, who was released from the hospital last week. The team is cooperating with investigators in Kansas. The Kansas investigation led to a sealed indictment associated with Harris’ shooting.

Harris was shot when someone opened fire from a vehicle speeding away from a shooting scene.

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