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UPDATE: Kansas man killed in officer-involved shooting identified

By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
The shooting happened Monday night in the town of Oberlin.

Brian Spooner - 2012 KDOC photo

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OBERLIN, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a man who died after a shootout with law enforcement officers in Oberlin has been identified.

KBI special agent Mark Malick says 23-year-old Brian P. Spooner died in the shooting Monday. His last known address was El Dorado but his current home was not known.

Malick says officers were investigating complaints that Spooner was making criminal threats in Oberlin when the confrontation began. Malick said Spooner fired at officers while fleeing from an Oberlin home. The KBI says Spooner fired at officers, who returned fire, killing Spooner.

The Salina Journal reports a Kansas Highway Patrol officer remains on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure.


Previous story:

One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in northwest Kansas.

Around 8:40 p.m. Monday, Oberlin police officers, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Decatur County sheriff's deputies were dispatched on a call to locate an armed suspect who was making threats of great bodily harm.

According to Oberlin Police, the suspect ran away when officers arrived.

During the foot chase, police say the suspect turned and fired at officers in the 700 block of East Commercial. A trooper returned fire, and the suspect was killed.

The KBI is leading the investigation with assistance from Oberlin Police, the Decatur County Sheriff's Office and the KHP.

The KHP trooper is on administrative leave, in accordance with policy, as the case is being investigated.


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