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Oberlin inquiry ongoing

3/12/2014

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the Monday evening shooting death of a man who fired at Oberlin police and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper responding to the report of criminal activity.

The call leading to the shooting was reported to authorities at approximately 8:40 a.m., according to Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Tod Hileman.

The caller, Hileman said in a statement, asked for help in "locating an armed suspect who was making threats of great bodily harm."

Patrol vehicles then responded to a residence in the southwest part of Oberlin at 9:05 p.m.

"Shortly after, a trooper advised that shots had been fired, and the suspect had been shot," Hileman said.

KBI spokesman Mark Malick said the officers returned fire when shots were fired at them by a fleeing suspect.

The incident took place in the 700 block of East Commercial Street, near the Decatur Community Junior-Senior High School.

The suspect has not been identified.

Hileman said the trooper was placed on administrative leave, a standard practice when a shooting is involved.

While the investigation is being headed up by the KBI, the Oberlin Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff's office and the Kansas Highway Patrol are assisting.