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Suspect arrested after 2 killed in overnight shootings in Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence police involved in shooting; suspect injured
Posted at 11:20 AM, Jul 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 14:33:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is in the Douglas County Jail after two people were shot and killed and the suspect shot at law officers overnight in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Lawrence Police Department responded about 1 a.m. to calls of gunshots fired in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street.

Officers found a 52-year-old man critically wounded by gunfire, police said.

The victim was transported to a Kansas City trauma department.

He died at the hospital, according to a news release from the Lawrence Kansas Police Department.

Police responded a few minutes later to a second call of shots fired in the 300 block of Northwood Lane

They found a second victim, a 43-year-old man, dead from gunshot wounds.

Investigators identified and located a suspect around 6:00 a.m. in the 900 block of Lawrence Avenue.

Police said they tried to stop the suspect's vehicle, but he sped off on Haskell Avenue and onto K-10.

The suspect fired at officers while on K-10 before striking the stop stick tire deflation devices near Eudora, Kansas, police said.

Officers arrested the suspect and questioned a female passenger in the vehicle at the time.

"We firmly believe this suspect acted alone, the public is in no further danger, and the LKPD officers fired upon have immediate access to our various support services," LKPD spokesperson Laura McCabe said in a statement.

The suspect, a 51-year-old Lawrence man is being held on 2 counts of first degree murder, intentional and premeditated.

He's also being held on 6 counts of attempted first degree murder, according to jail records.

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