The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kan.
Topeka police have released video footage from a shooting in which a man was fatally wounded by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper in late November during an incident on the city’s north side.
The body camera video, from a Topeka police officer who was at the scene, shows a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper being dragged along a snow-packed street by a sport utility vehicle before he fired two shots at the driver after he refused commands to stop around 10:45 a.m. Nov. 27 at N.E. Grant and Monroe.
Moments before the shots were fired, the trooper and a Topeka police officer had struggled with a woman who had been in the driver’s seat of a maroon, four-door Hyundai Genesis car that had been involved in a chase earlier that day in Topeka.
The Hyundai had stalled in the intersection of N.W. Grant and Monroe, where a Topeka police officer located the car. A short time later, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper responded to the scene.
The video shows a woman getting out of the driver’s seat of the Hyundai and struggling with the trooper and police officer.
While the struggle was taking place, a female passenger in the Hyundai apparently got out of the car and ran from the scene.
A silver SUV then pulled into the intersection facing east on N.E. Grant. At that point, the woman who had been struggling with the trooper and police officer got up and attempted to climb into the front passenger seat of the SUV.
The woman got into the SUV as the trooper was trying to subdue her. The trooper and police officer can be heard on the video commanding the driver to stop, but the SUV took off, dragging the trooper a short distance along the street as he was partially inside the front passenger area.
On the video, the trooper could be heard firing two shots as he was being dragged by the SUV. The shots apparently went past the female passenger, striking the driver. The trooper then was freed from the vehicle and was seen falling onto the street.
After the shots were fired, the SUV continued traveling east on N.E. Grant for about two blocks. When it came to a stop, the female who had moments earlier climbed inside the SUV ran from the scene.
The man who was shot was identified as Jarmane Dywan Logan, 35, of Topeka. He was taken to a Topeka hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Initial reports indicated both law enforcement officers had been dragged by the SUV. However, the video appears to show only the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper being dragged.
Both officers were taken to a Topeka hospital but weren’t believed to have suffered serious injuries, Topeka police officials said. The trooper was taken to a Topeka hospital for treatment of what Lt. Andrew Beightel said were minor injuries, then released. The police officer didn’t require hospital treatment.
Initial reports also indicated two women were in the SUV that dragged the trooper, but the video indicated only one female was in the vehicle.
Both women who ran from the scene were later located and arrested.
The two women were identified as Chelsee Ann Retana, 26, and Misty Lynn Maspero, 29.
Authorities on Nov. 27 said the incident stemmed from a vehicle pursuit that occurred earlier that morning after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop the Hyundai in Topeka. The trooper called off the chase because of ice-slickened streets in Topeka.
The Hyundai was located later that day, around 10:45 a.m., after it stalled near the middle of the intersection at N.E. Grant and Monroe.
In November, officials said the police officer tried to make contact with two women who were in the car. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper arrived a short time later to assist.
As the officer and trooper struggled with the woman who had been in the Hyundai’s driver’s seat, police officials said at the time, a silver SUV approached “at a high rate of speed,” nearly striking the officers.
The shooting occurred moments later, after the woman who struggled with the Topeka Police Officer and Kansas Highway Patrol trooper got into the SUV.
Because the shooting involved a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper, the Topeka Police Department handled the investigation. In January, Shawnee County District Attorney Michael Kagay cleared the trooper of any wrongdoing in connection with the incident.
Neither the trooper nor the officer had been identified as of Monday.
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