Man killed in police shooting in Wamego identified

Published: Feb. 26, 2018 at 8:16 PM CST
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Update: Authorities have identified a 25-year-old man who was killed during gun battle with law enforcement officers in Wamego.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Ethan Straub, of Wamego, died in the shooting Monday evening during a confrontation with several law agencies.

Officers were responding to a report of an armed carjacking and saw the suspect riding a bicycle while holding a gun.

Officers tried to make contact with the man as he tried to steal another vehicle. Straub and officers from local, county and state agencies exchanged gunfire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured.

The KBI continues to investigate the shooting.


Update: The Kansas Highway Patrol confirms with Topeka station WIBW that one person was killed in a Monday evening officer-involved shooting in Wamego.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says troopers responded to assist the Wamego Police Department a little after 6:10 p.m. The shooting occurred on this call.

The incident for police started about 5:30 p.m. when the Wamego Police Department was investigating a carjacking.

"A short time later, a subject was reported to be riding a bicycle, with a gun," the KHP says. Officers attempted to make contact with the male subject in the area of 8th Street, between Maple and Pine, as the subject was attempting to steal another vehicle. Officers involved then reported shots fired. Officers from several departments were involved in the shooting. The subject was killed, and at this this time, his identity will not be released, pending next of kin."

The KHP says, in accordance with its policy, the troopers involved will be placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated.


Topeka station

confirms multiple agencies, including the KBI, are investigating an officer-involved shooting reported Monday night in Wamego.

WIBW reports from a KBI spokesperson that no officers were injured in the incident. The initial report of shots fired was made about 6 p.m. from the scene near 8th and Maple (near the Wamego Recreation Complex.)

WIBW reports that the KBI has not confirmed any injuries on the call, but as of 8 p.m., a heavy police presence remained on the scene with an area near the scene expected to be blocked off "for quite some time."