A man who was shooting at officers while running from Topeka police was arrested after he was shot multiple times, officials said. The man is suspected of returning to the scene of an earlier shootout with police near a school.
The first of two police shootouts happened just before 3 a.m. Thursday in the area of Southwest 32nd Street and MacVicar Avenue, about a block east of Jardine Middle/Elementary School, Topeka police said in a news release.
Officers were on a focused assignment to address vehicle burglaries in the area when they saw a subject wearing a white coat, baseball hat and a backpack walking down the sidewalk, the release said. The man ran from police when they approached in a marked patrol car.
Police chased the man, “and as they closed in on him, he shot at the officers. Two officers returned fire and took cover,” the release said. The subject got away from police, and the officers were uninjured.
In a second news release posted to Facebook, Topeka police said a man had been shot in a second police shootout in the same area.
A man matching the description of the suspected shooter in the earlier incident approached officers guarding the crime scene of the first shooting, the release said.
“While officers were talking with he subject, his behavior became suspicious,” police said in the release.
The man ran from police, then started shooting at officers, the release said. Three officers returned fire, striking the subject multiple times. The man was taken into custody and then to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.
The nearby school was notified during the second shootout, police said. The school was went into lockdown at around 9:45 a.m. for about 30 minutes, WIBW reported.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case. All five officers involved in the two shootings have been place on administrative leave per department policy for an internal investigation, police said.
The KBI identified the man as Trevon L. Brown, 23, of Topeka. He underwent surgery at a hospital and is expected to recover.
Brown was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child after a February 2015 incident, Kansas Department of Corrections records show, and is listed as under intensive supervision in Shawnee County.