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Kansas man wanted by Topeka authorities for murder case earlier this week

Topeka – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday during the pursuit of a homicide suspect by the Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday, September 29, at around 11 a.m., the TPD phoned the KBI to request assistance in investigating the incident. The Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) and KBI agents responded to various shooting scenes.

A police officer observed Eric D. Perkins, 33, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, about 10:45 a.m. on Thursday. Perkins was considered to be the suspect in a killing that happened in the 3500 block of SW Kerry on Wednesday morning.

Perkins was spotted driving a 2004 silver Toyota Corolla near SE Irvingham Street and SE Girard Drive. Perkins refused to pull over when the police attempted to stop him, starting a pursuit.

During the pursuit, Perkins opened fire on the officers chasing him. Several times throughout the pursuit, authorities fired back with firearms. Sheriffs from Shawnee County joined in the pursuit. It is thought that gunfire occurred around Interstate 70 and Adams Street, 10th Street and Adams Street, 10th Street and Madison Street, 10th Street and Kansas Avenue, and 10th Street and Quincy.

Perkins terminated the pursuit when he crashed his vehicle in downtown Topeka near the intersection of Sixth Street and Kansas Avenue and continued exchanging gunfire with pursuing officers. Perkins was injured, and cops were able to arrest him. During the incident, a 38-year-old female Corolla passenger sustained non-life-threatening bullet wounds. A TPD officer was wounded by one bullet, but his bulletproof vest stopped him from suffering more serious injuries.

EMS was dispatched to the scene. Perkins, the female passenger, and the officer were sent to a local hospital for treatment.

During the incident, it is suspected that nine TPD officers and one SNSO deputy fired their weapons.

Perkins’ status is currently critical yet stable. The officer has been treated and released. The female passenger remains in stable condition at the hospital.

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