Lawrence police officer charged in man's shooting

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A Lawrence police officer is being charged after shooting a man during what started as a traffic stop.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced Thursday that he charged officer Brindley Blood with aggravated battery in the May 29 shooting of Akira Lewis.

Lewis is also charged with four counts, including battery on a law enforcement officer.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Lewis was pulled over by officer Ian McCann during a seat-belt enforcement campaign. Branson said Lewis would not cooperate and Blood responded when McCann called for backup.

Lewis allegedly began hitting McCann and during the confrontation, Blood discharged her weapon, hitting Lewis.

Blood is on administrative leave. The Lawrence police department said Thursday it is conducting an internal review to determine if any department policies were violated.

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