Mission, KS – A Fairway police officer died on Monday after he was critically wounded in a deadly shootout with a suspect outside a local gas station on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred at the QuikTrip gas station off of Interstate 35 at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, the Shawnee Mission Post reported.
Lenexa Police Department (LPD) Master Police Officer Danny Chavez said officers had responded to the area of Interstate 35 and West 95th Street after receiving a report of a stolen vehicle.
They quickly located the stolen car, at which point the driver crashed into an LPD officer’s vehicle and fled the scene, triggering a pursuit onto Interstate 35 northbound, the Shawnee Mission Post reported.
The suspect later took the Lamar Avenue exit into Mission and headed to the QuikTrip on Lamar Avenue, Officer Chavez said.
Police said two suspects bailed out of the car and ran into the gas station, where at least one of them barricaded himself inside the bathroom.
Officer Chavez said a multi-agency team entered the building and wound up in a shootout with the suspects, the Shawnee Mission Post reported.
Radio traffic captured the sound of gunfire at 7:57 a.m., according to the news outlet.
Someone was heard requesting an ambulance for an “officer down” moments later.
🚨 OFFICER DOWN: Please pray for the Fairway (KS) Police Officer who was shot in Lenexa, Kansas this morning following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The Officer is currently in critical condition.
The violence against the men and women of law enforcement in this country is… pic.twitter.com/c8LHFQNfk3
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) August 7, 2023
Officer Chavez later confirmed that a member of the Fairway Police Department (FPD) was shot during the exchange of gunfire, the Shawnee Mission Post reported.
The wounded hero was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.
Officials announced on Monday night that 29-year-old Fairway Police Officer Jonah Oswald had succumbed to his wounds, KCTV reported.
Officer Oswald had been with the Fairway police for four years, according to Fairway Police Chief J.P. Thurlo.
“I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of Officer Jonah Oswald, who made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out his oath to serve and protect,” Chief Thurlo said in a statement. “Officer Oswald was an integral part of our team and made significant contributions to our department and to the Fairway community. We will remember him as a warm-hearted individual whose hard work and passion touched the lives of many.”
“On behalf of the entire Fairway Police Department, and the City of Fairway, I extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Officer Oswald’s family and friends. We recognize that their loss is immeasurable, and our thoughts and prayers are with them,” the police chief said.
Officer Oswald is survived by a wife and two small children, KCTV reported.
One suspect, 40-year-old Shannon Wayne Marshall, was fatally shot during the incident, the Shawnee Mission Post reported.
The second suspect, 32-year-old Andrea Rene Cothran, was booked into the Johnson County Adult Detention Center in New Century.
Cothran has been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer in connection with the incident but those charges were expected to be upgraded, KCTV reported.
She is also a registered sex offender in Tennessee, according to the news outlet.
An officer involved shooting has occurred this morning at the QuikTrip at Lamar Ave and I-35. Lenexa PD, Fairway PD, @MissionPD, and @kshighwaypatrol were involved. One officer from Fairway PD was shot and was sent to the hospital in critical condition. We will have more on… pic.twitter.com/cXH37oRqs9
— Andrew Tran (@AndrewTranTV) August 6, 2023
“As you are aware, one of our police officers was shot and critically wounded this morning while trying to make an arrest in a neighboring community,” Fairway Police Chief J.P. Thurlo said in a statement to KMBC. “Upon hearing the call for assistance, our officer courageously and without hesitation responded to help.”
The police chief asked the community to keep the officer and his family in their thoughts and prayers, KMBC reported.
The Johnson County Officer Involved Critical Incident Investigation Team is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.