Archive for Monday, February 28, 2011

Prosecutors file charges against Overland Park man shot by Tonganoxie police officer

February 28, 2011

Leavenworth County prosecutors Monday filed charges against a 33-year-old Overland Park man who was shot by a Tonganoxie police officer last week during a confrontation.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said Monday afternoon that he had filed a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and other counts, including criminal use of a weapon, domestic battery and criminal property damage.

Roberts was released from Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and taken into custody Friday after he had been shot during an early Thursday morning confrontation with police.

Officers said they were called to his parents’ home for a 1 a.m. disturbance in Tonganoxie, and they found him outside, armed with a shotgun — that was later found to be unloaded. His mother said Roberts, who is on medication to treat symptoms of depression, had broken windows with the butt of gun.

An officer shot at him, but the bullet struck Roberts’ shotgun and a bullet fragment went into his chest, Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau said last week. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the shooting.

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