Officers in Leavenworth chase, shooting cleared of criminal charges

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office said that no charges will be filed against the officers involved in the Leavenworth chase and shooting that left a little girl dead.

Officers Steven Brandau and Ruth Hensleigh didn't violate any criminal laws, according to reports from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation into the officers was a separate investigation from the criminal investigation of Marcas McGowan, who is accused of leading police officers in a chase and getting into a shootout with them.

Five-year-old Cadence "Cady" Harris was shot and killed during the incident.

The Leavenworth County attorney refused to say who killed Cady.

“It won't be until possibly a preliminary hearing or it goes to trial before any of that information is released,” attorney Todd Thompson said.

McGowan currently sits in a Leavenworth County jail, charged with several crimes, including first-degree murder during the commission of a felony and endangering a child.

McGowan's father said police shot McGowan six times on July 18 as Cady sat in the SUV.

At least one bullet is still lodged in McGowan's body.

McGowan's father believes his son is not getting proper medical attention.

Thompson said he trusts the hospital's decision to release McGowan and they have nurses on staff to monitor inmates.

McGowan appeared in court on Friday. His counsel requested a bond reduction, which the judge denied.

His next court appearance is Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

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