Lawrence police officer charged in shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Lawrence, Kansas police officer is facing a charge of aggravated battery for her role in an officer-involved shooting on May 29 in downtown Lawrence.

Douglas County, Kansas Prosecutor Charles Branson filed the case Thursday morning against Lawrence Police officer Brindley D. Blood.

According to a release announcing the charges, Branson’s office reviewed reports and evidence in the case and determined Blood’s charges. Additional details about the circumstances of the incident weren’t immediately released Thursday.

Blood will appear in Douglas County District Court on Sept. 26.

The man shot by Blood, Akira Lewis, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. However, due to his role in the incident, the Johnson County, Kansas Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against Lewis, including battery of a law enforcement officer, interference with law enforcement, no proof of insurance and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Lewis is set to appear in court on Sept. 27.

Following the announcement of charges, the Lawrence Police Department announced they were launching an internal review of the incident. They did not provide a timetable as to when the review would be completed.
 

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