Local Police Officer Dies After Intense Shoot Out

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(TargetLiberty.org) – Kansas Police Officer Jonah Oswald died following a shooting on Sunday morning after he responded to a suspected car theft. The Fairway Police Department announced his passing on Monday noting that the 29-year-old had left behind a wife and two children.

J.P. Thurlo, the Fairway Chief of Police in a statement noted that he was heartbroken over the loss of the four-year veteran of the department, stating that Oswald had been an important member of the team who had made great contributions to their department. He also offers his condolences to the officer’s family and friends who are now dealing with this immeasurable loss.

The incident had occurred on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. when the Lenexa police had responded to a stolen car report at a QuikTrip convenience store. According to reports after the police officers arrived at the scene, the suspect in the stolen vehicle had struck the police vehicle before driving off.

Law enforcement officers from several agencies responded at the scene which led to a shooting where the suspect had hit Oswald with gunfire. Oswald was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a day later.

Shannon Wayne Marshall, one of the suspects was also shot during the incident and passed away as a result of his injuries according to a KCTV report. Andrea Rene Cothran, 32, the other suspect has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and is going to be appearing in court on Monday afternoon.

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