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3 Topeka Police Department officers involved in deadly shooting near Amtrak station

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Jun 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-29 12:44:12-04

Update | The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the deceased man as 38-year-old Christopher D. Kelley.

Original story | Three Topeka Police Department officers were involved in a shooting around 10 a.m. on Friday by the Topeka Amtrak station, 500 S.E. Holliday Place.

Multiple citizens called the department and reported an individual with a knife chasing and threatening people.

The department did not elaborate on the details of the shooting incident but said the individual was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

The injured party, who has not been identified, was later pronounced deceased.

None of the three Topeka officers were injured. They have been placed on administrative leave until investigation of the event is complete, per department policy.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the investigation, provided additional details Friday afternoon.

According to the KBI, Topeka police officers were dispatched to the disturbance around 9 a.m. along with deputies from the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and BNSF Police Department officers.

After trying to get the man to put the knife down, he began cutting himself and law enforcement used bean bag rounds and other methods to try and stop him, the KBI said.

The man later charged officers still holding the knife around 10 a.m. That's when three Topeka police opened fire, shooting the man multiple times, according to the KBI.

The man had yet to be identified, pending positive identification and notification of his family, the KBI said.

An autopsy was planned for Monday afternoon in hopes the man who was killed could be identified, according to the KBI.

After the KBI investigation, the findings will be turned over to the Shawnee County District Attorney for review.