Bullet and shotgun fragments injured armed man, police chief says
Man expected to be released today and placed in sheriff’s office custody
Shotgun and bullet fragments are what injured an armed man early Thursday morning in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie police Chief Jeff Brandau said Friday that an officer shot at Jeff Roberts, 33, who was armed with a shotgun outside his parents’ home after 1 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of 12th Street in Tonganoxie.
The officer fired at Roberts and the bullet struck the shotgun.
“It hit the gun is what the bullet hit and bullet fragment and parts of it went up into his chest,” Brandau said, noting the fragments struck the left side of his chest. “He was lucky.”
Roberts was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after the shooting.
Brandua said Roberts was expected to be released today from the hospital and then placed in Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office custody.
According to Roberts’ mother, Velda Roberts, her son lives in Overland Park and had been staying with his parents in the 400 block of 12th Street. He became physical with her just after 1 a.m. Thursday and then he grabbed a shotgun from within the house and went outside, she said. His mother then called 911 and Tonganoxie police and sheriff’s officers arrived on scene.
Velda Roberts said her son is on medication to treat depression.
She said her son, a computer programmer, had been laid off from his job and has been without work for about the last two years. She said he has battled depression since that time and currently is unable to drive because of a DUI arrest this past year.
Lt. Billy Adcox, a police spokesman, said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which also is standard procedure for when an officer is involved in a shooting.
Brandau said he was unsure how long the officer would be on leave.
“We need to find out when they’re ready to come back to work,” he said. “That’s the most important part.”
In addition to police and the sheriff’s office, Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service and the Tonganoxie City Fire Department also responded.