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Thursday, January 7, 2016

PHOTOS: Police arrest two men accused of shooting at an undercover officer

Posted: January 7, 2016 - 3:57am
Updated: January 9, 2016 - 1:26am

Shawnee Police arrested two men who allegedly fired shots at an undercover Lenexa officer late Wednesday.

Ruben Rodriguez, 29
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo
The suspects, 29-year-old Ruben Rodriguez and 21-year-old Samir Arrendondoaragon of Kansas City, Kansas have both appeared in Johnson County Court on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Bond was set for both suspects at $500,000.

In a news release, Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department says Lenexa officers were conducting surveillance in Lenexa using an unmarked vehicle just before 10pm.

"While conducting surveillance, the alleged suspect vehicle left the location being watched and was followed by the [Lenexa] police," Tennis said in the release.
Samir Arrendondoaragon, 21
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo

The suspect vehicle led the undercover Lenexa officer into Shawnee.

As the officer was trying to get a marked police vehicle to intercept the suspect vehicle Tennis says, "the two people in the suspect vehicle began shooting at the officer."

Crime Scene Technician at Shawnee Mission Parkway & Maurer
One of at least three crime scenes, all in Shawnee.
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Mike Frizzell - Operation 100 News photo
Additional scene photos below
"They shot multiple rounds at the officer as they were driving," Tennis said.

"Several police officers responded to assist and the suspect vehicle was disabled with a tire deflation device in the city of Shawnee," Captain Diana Mendoza of the Lenexa Police Department said in a news release.

The suspects abandoned their vehicle in the back driveway of a home on the southwest corner of 73rd Street and Charles Street.

The suspect vehicle abandoned in a yard near 73rd & Charles Streets
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Operation 100 News spoke to Shawnee Police Captain Mark Hein at the 73rd Street and Charles Street scene. Captain Hein said the suspects were both taken into custody south of their vehicle, after officers from Shawnee and Lenexa set up a "strong perimeter."

Two Shawnee officers, armed with rifles, hold a perimeter near 72nd Street & Quivira Road
Photo submitted to by Operation 100 News follower Brian Bolen, used with permission
Captain Hein also said that he was told the temporary license plate on the suspect vehicle was stolen, but the vehicle was not stolen.

Crime Scene Technicians from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab processed at least three scenes in Shawnee. Traffic cones marked evidence on the ramp from Maurer Road to eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway, where Captain Hein says the first shots were fired.

Another traffic cone marked evidence on Lackman Road near 74th Street, just outside of the Maple Ridge of Wedgewood neighborhood.

Crime Scene Technicians also collected the suspect vehicle and Lenexa's undercover vehicle. Both vehicles were towed away from the scene for further processing at the Johnson County Crime Lab in Olathe.

Captain Mendoza says, "at around 2:00am the Lenexa Police Department served a search warrant at the original address. No other suspects were found."

Lenexa Police have not released any additional information regarding the nature of their investigation.

No one was injured during the incident.

Johnson County Crime Scene unit with Shawnee Police on the ramp from
Maurer Road to eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway, where two cones marked evidence
Two cones marked evidence on the ramp from Maurer Road to eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway
Johnson County Crime Scene Unit at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road
Shawnee Police officers at 73rd Street and Charles Street
The suspect vehicle came to a stop in a yard and both suspects ran
Suspect vehicle (right) with Lenexa Police Department's unmarked van and Shawnee Police behind