LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNW) – A Sunday evening police shooting in Lawrence left one person dead and is now under investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
At about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, Lawrence police responded to a home in the 1700 block of E. 21st Terrace for a report of criminal damage.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Lawrence police, who arrived on the scene, learned that a man was inside of the home and the homeowner was not there. Officers did not enter the home but instead attempted to identify the suspect and make contact with him.
After about two hours, the man, identified as 43-year-old Michael S. Blanck of Lawrence, came out of the home. As police attempted to talk to him, he reportedly pulled out a handgun. and pointed it at officers.
The KBI says three of the five Lawrence officers shot Blanck multiple times. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Lawrence oolice contacted the KBI to investigate, which is standard procedure. The agency says once they have conducted a thorough investigation, they will turn the case over to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.
No other details on the case have been released.
This story has been edited to include new information from the KBI, including the identity of the individual shot.