Wanted murder suspect out of Omaha killed by law enforcement after chase in Lawrence


LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNW) – A man who was shot and killed by Kansas law enforcement was wanted in a Nebraska killing. Omaha, Nebraska, police said the man who was killed Monday is 31-year-old Nicholas Hirsh,who faced a first-degree murder arrest warrant for the shooting death Thursday of 41-year-old John Miles, of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it appeared that the suspect had been in Kansas since Friday, when a car was stolen from Clay Center. The Kansas Highway Patrol spotted the car near Perry Lake in northeast Kansas and pursued it to Lawrence. The patrol says he was shot on Massachusettes Street after pointing a gun at officers.

“The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and came out towards the troopers and KU Police Department police officer wielding a gun,” trooper Don Hughes said. “We ended up exchanging gunfire with that individual and he was killed.”

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is now conducting the officer-involved shooting investigation. It’s unclear which agency the law enforcement officer who fired the fatal shot worked for.

Although the deadly shooting is now under investigation, Hughes said KHP troopers acted appropriately.

“Their lives were threatened when he was wielding the gun towards them. They acted as they were supposed to, as they have been trained,” Hughes said. 

KU Police Deputy Chief James Anguiano said he realizes all police shootings are under scrutiny right now.

“All of our officers are safe. They weren’t injured in this incident. Somebody’s life was taken tonight, and that’s something to think about in the community,” he said. 


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