Corporal Jason E. Harwood Topeka Police Department, Kansas End of Watch: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Corporal Jason E. Harwood | Topeka Police Department, KansasTopeka Police Department, Kansas

Corporal Jason E. Harwood

Topeka Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 7, 2014
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Agency Contact Information

Police Chief Ronald Miller
Topeka Police Department
320 S Kansas Avenue
Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (785) 368-9551

Corporal Jason Harwood was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the 3200 block of SE Sixth Avenue at approximately 4:45 pm.
One of the vehicle’s occupants opened fire during the traffic stop, fatally wounding Officer Harwood. The suspect believed to be the shooter turned himself in a short time later.
Corporal Harwood had served wit the Topeka Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

The city of Topeka identified the Topeka police officer killed in a fatal shooting Sunday evening as Cpl. Jason E. Harwood.

A news release from city communications and marketing director Suzie Gilbert said Harwood joined the Topeka Police Department on June 28, 1999. He was a member of the hit-and-run unit and K-9 unit. He was promoted to the position of corporal in May 2012. Harwood, 40, is survived by his wife and two sons.

Ross Preston Lane, whom the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office identified as the 30-year-old suspect, was taken into custody Sunday around 8 p.m. in Lawrence without incident, having turned himself in.

A news release from the sheriff’s office said Harwood was transported to Stormont-Vail Health in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound around 4:45 p.m. He had pulled over a car near S.E. 6th and Deer Creek Parkway. One of its occupants drew a weapon and fired on the officer.

A witness on the scene said another person reported Harwood’s injuries.

“I think I was there right after it happened,” Adina Mayhew said. “I had seen the police lights as I headed east.”

Mayhew was headed east and saw police lights flashing. She said as her car crossed Deer Creek Road, she saw another car headed west make a U-turn in front of her.

“Then I saw the officer laying in the street, alone,” Mayhew said. “The person who did the U-turn stopped to help. People came out of nowhere.”

A woman grabbed the police officer’s radio, saying “officer down” and immediately requesting an ambulance.

“I could see the blood pooling up underneath him,” Mayhew said. “I was trying to direct people around the situation.”

Some of the others who arrived at the scene had been brought by the sound of gunshots. Mayhew said her heart went out to the officer’s family, and that she thought the community should know about the people who immediately appeared on scene to help.

“I was really amazed to see everyone trying to help him, because you don’t hear about that,” Mayhew said.

A news release from TPD said the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.

Nineteen cars from Kansas Highway Patrol, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the Topeka Police Department were on the scene in the 3200 block of S.E. 6th. Four people were detained in connection with the incident, and police were searching for a suspect in connection with the incident.

Two residents of the area who live about a block from where the officer was shot were discussing how shocking it was to hear of an officer’s death. The last death of a TPD officer was a double fatality, when Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly were shot and killed by David Tiscerano outside of a Dillon’s.

The president of Topeka’s Fraternal Order of Police Auxilary said the organization would likely plan a candlelight vigil for the officer.

Community members had already convened at the Law Enforcement Center for pMayhewr and communal support, while the online members of the law enforcement community trended hashtag #ThinBlueLine, which memorializes officers and represents the duty of law enforcement to separate civilians from criminals.

Check back with CJOnline as more information becomes available.

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1 Response to “Corporal Jason E. Harwood Topeka Police Department, Kansas End of Watch: Sunday, September 7, 2014”


  1. 1 Mary Anderson September 8, 2014 at 21:22

    So sad to hear the death of Corporal Jason E. Harwood. My condolences to his police department and his family.


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