KBI investigating deadly officer-involved shooting in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Kan. - Residents in Ottawa, Kansas have a lot of questions after a local teen is gunned down by police shortly after leaving a psychiatric hospital.

Orscheln Farm and Home is normally open on a Sundays, but what's abnormal is KBI agents investigating a shooting in its parking lot.  That's what residents saw as they parked on one side of the parking lots, and agents worked on the other.

"I heard about the shooting; that's terrible, said JD Stallings.

According to police, 18-year-old Joseph Jennings' behavior prompted calls to 911.

When officers arrived, Jennings reportedly ignored police commands and somehow posed a threat to passers-by and the officers.

Ottawa police and Franklin County sheriff's officers shot and killed Jennings in the parking lot.

Family members say Jennings battled mental health issues and was recently released from a psychiatric hospital.

“They knew who he was. They knew his mental state. They dealt with him not even 24 hours prior to this incident. They didn't have to shoot and kill him. And it wasn't just one shot and it wasn't just one officer that shot him. It was several.  I can't count how many shot rang out,” Brandy Smith, Jennings’ aunt, said.

Investigators won't say whether or not Jennings had a gun or how many times he was shot. They expect the results of the autopsy back later on Sunday.

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