JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified the Fort Riley man killed in a confrontation with police yesterday outside the Walmart Neighborhood Market as 23-year-old Spc. Peter James Robbins.
Robbins joined the Army in February 2013 and arrived at Fort Riley in August 2013. He deployed to Iraq in June 2014 and to South Korea in October 2016. His home of record is Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“The 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., team is deeply saddened by the loss of Spc. Robbins,” said Lt. Col. Richard J. Ikena Jr., commander of the 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt. “Our team is prepared to fully support Spc. Robbins’ family, teammates and friends through these challenging times.”
The KBI says preliminary information indicates that officers from the Junction City Police Department were dispatched to conduct a welfare check at a home on the west side at approximately 12:45 a.m. Soon after arriving at the home, another call came in reporting an armed disturbance only a few blocks away at the Walmart.
Officers from both the Junction City Police Department and the Geary County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Walmart parking lot. Once they arrived, they located Robbins armed with two handguns on the sidewalk north of the parking lot. The KBI says he was given commands to drop his weapons. The confrontation escalated further and four law enforcement officers from two agencies fired at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.