Topeka detective, suspect wounded in gun battle

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Topeka police detective and a suspect were wounded as officers tried to take the suspect into custody. The incident happened in the Oakland neighborhood near NE Woodruff Ave. and NE Atchison Ave.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jermaine T. Patton has been booked into Shawnee County for aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana and felony interference with law enforcement officers.

The other suspect has not been identified yet and is being treated at a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The detective was in fair condition after he was shot in the leg and the abdomen late Saturday.

“Our officers are holding up very well.” Lt. Colleen Stuart said, in regards to the mental state of the officers after the shooting.

The shootout happened after police spotted the suspects of a gas station robbery, which happened at 6:30 p.m. near Seward and Chester, also in the Oakland neighborhood. When police spotted the suspect car, they said two men ran from the car. Patton was then arrested. The other suspect got away but was located a short time later.

“As officers attempted to take the (second) suspect into custody gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and the officers,” Topeka police said.

It was just more than two years ago that Topeka police lost an officer in the line-of-duty. Corporal Jason Harwood was shot and killed by a man during a traffic stop. Nearly four years ago next month, two other TPD officers were also killed in the line-of-duty. Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian were responding to a call at a Topeka grocery store.

This past April, three federal officers were shot at a Topeka motel while serving an arrest warrant. Thankfully, all three agents survived.