Kansas Suspect Leads Police On Chase After Allegedly Killing Two Men At Two Separate Homes, Cops Say

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Source: Kansas Department of Corrections; UNSPLASH

Aug. 2 2022, Published 1:01 p.m. ET

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A man in Kansas is suspected of killing two people at two separate residences and then leading officers on a high-speed chase, authorities said.

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“This investigation involves multiple agencies, several locations, two victims, and the attempted murder of several law enforcement officers,” Lawrence Kansas Police Department spokesperson Laura McCabe said.

Around 1 a.m. on July 31, officers responded to a 911 call about shots fired at a home in Lawrence. At the residence, officers located Shelby McCoy, 52, suffering a gunshot wound, and he was rushed to a Kansas City hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

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According to law enforcement officials, a short time later, officer were called to a second shooting at another residence where 43-year-old William D. O’Brien had been killed.

Investigators identified Rodney Ericson Marshall, 51, as a suspect in the cases and officers located and attempted to stop him around 6 a.m. the morning of the shootings, police said.

“The suspect did not comply and led officers on a pursuit through town” and onto Kansas Highway 10 toward Kansas City, police said, claiming that “the suspect fired several times at officers” from out his car window while on the highway and he was eventually stopped and taken into custody after hitting stop sticks near Eudora.

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No officers were injured during the pursuit.

A female passenger in the suspect’s car at the time was also detained for questioning, according to police.

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"We firmly believe this suspect acted alone, the public is in no further danger, and the LKPD officers fired upon have immediate access to our various support services,” McCabe said.

Marshall was being held at the Douglas County jail and charged on Aug. 1 with two counts of first-degree murder intentional and premeditated, and five counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

His bond was set at $1.5 million.


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