Crime & Courts

One dead after shooting involving Medicine Lodge police

A 24-year-old Medicine Lodge man is dead after a shootout with police, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

In a news release Monday, the KBI said that Gary Leon Herd Jr. was fatally shot by a Medicine Lodge police officer as a warrant was being served.

Four officers went to a house in the 100 block of East Robie in Medicine Lodge shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday and were conducting a search when an officer encountered Herd in a bedroom. Herd was holding a handgun.

According to preliminary information gathered by the KBI, both Herd and the officer fired shots. Emergency responders later declared Herd dead at the scene.

No officers were injured, according to the KBI. KBI agents and a crime scene response team are investigating.

The KBI will complete a “thorough and independent investigation” into the shooting, according to the release. Once completed, the findings will be turned over to the Barber County attorney for review.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath