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Kansas police officer shot while checking on suicidal man call at hotel, cops say

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A Kansas police sergeant is expected to recover from a gunshot wound to his leg after responding to a call of a possibly suicidal man in a hotel room.

The Russell Police Department sergeant was one of three law enforcement officers responding to the call at the Days Inn in Russell, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. The cops were called at around 8:15 p.m. Thursday reporting a possible suicidal subject in a room at the hotel.

The police sergeant, a Russell County Sheriff’s deputy and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper went to the second floor of the hotel for a welfare check on 29-year-old Taylor Malcolm, of Lenexa, the KBI said.

“Preliminary information indicates that at around 8:40 p.m., as law enforcement officers knocked on the door to the hotel room and announced their presence, a shot was fired through the closed door,” KBI spokeswoman Melissa Underwood said in the news release.

“Within minutes, at least an additional three shots were fired from the hotel room. One of the shots fired struck a Sergeant from the Russell Police Department in his leg. No law enforcement officers returned fire.”

Malcolm was arrested by police at around 8:50 p.m. He had called 911 from inside the hotel room, and dispatchers helped convince him to surrender, the bureau said.

The police sergeant was taken to a Russell hospital, where he was stabilized before being transferred to Hays Medical Center. He is in good condition and expected to recover, the KBI said.

Criminal charges against Malcolm are pending, investigators said.

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