Officer shoots, kills woman while serving Olathe search warrant

Posted at 9:14 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 21:08:12-04

OLATHE, Kan. — A police officer shot and killed a woman while serving a search warrant in Olathe, Kansas Wednesday evening.

Ciara Howard, 26, was identified by the Overland Park Police Department as the victim. 

Overland Park police put out a press release confirming Olathe police officers were working with Johnson County deputies to serve a search warrant in the 112 block of South Keeler Street around 6 p.m.

While serving the warrant, officers were involved in verbal contact with Howard for several hours, a press release from the Overland Park Police Department said. 

Jeff Howard lives down the street and recalled seeing law enforcement officers running through the alley.

"Just cops coming all over the place, going down the alley blocking  it off," said Howard.

Officials encountered Ciara Howard who reportedly threatened them with a weapon, police said. 

Two Olathe officers and a deputy fired their weapons at Howard, killing her, officials said. 

No police or deputies were injured during the incident. They were placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, officials said. 

The Johnson County Officer-Involved Shooting Team has taken over the investigation.