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Sunday, June 22, 2014

VIDEO: Lawrence Police identify officers involved in Sunday's officer-involved shooting

Posted: June 22, 2014 - 1:01am
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 10:52pm

June 24 update:

Operation 100's reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World report the man shot by officers is Lawrence resident Zach Ortiz, 24. Ortiz remains hospitalized in serious condition at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

Lawrence Police have identified the officers involved in the incident. A statement released Tuesday afternoon says Officer Skyler Richardson contacted two people at 1103 Kasold Drive, one of those people was armed with a firearm. Police have not released the specific circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Officer Richardson is 23-years-old and has been with the Lawrence Police Department since June of 2013. Officer Terry Haak was the second officer to arrive at the address, shortly after Officer Richardson had shot the armed man. Officer Haak is 50-years-old and has been with the Lawrence Police Department since 1987. Both officers remain on paid administrative leave.

Lawrence Police Department spokesperson, Sergeant Trent McKinley says the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has requested the assistance of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for additional investigative resources.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports on both Monday and Tuesday evenings, law enforcement personnel were seen outside the home on Kasold Drive investigating.

Original report:

Lawrence Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning.

Video from Operation 100 News reporting partner 6News Lawrence.

Police say they were called to the area of Harvard Road and Kasold Drive around 12:30 a.m. on a report of shots fired. The caller believed that the shots may have come from a home south of the intersection.

Arriving officers were directed to a residence at 1103 Kasold Drive where there was a disturbance. Officers contacted individuals, including a man with a gun. One officer shot the armed man.

Fire Medical crews responded and transported the injured man to a landing zone, where they were met by a LifeStar helicopter.

The helicopter transported the man, only described as a man in his 20's, to a Kansas City area hospital. The man was shot four or five times and was in critical condition at the time he was airlifted.

No other injuries were reported.

Sergeant Trent McKinley says, "both Lawrence police officers are on paid administrative leave, as per department policy. Their names are not being released at this time."

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is assisting with the investigation.

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