Shawnee County District Attorney: Police Shooting Justified

A county prosecutor has found that police were justified in fatally shooting a homicide suspect.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay says that no charges would be filed in the death of 33-year-old Jesse Buck Lees.

Kagay also found that Lees acted alone in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Jennifer Morris.

Witnesses said Morris and Lees had gotten into an argument on September 8th before he dragged her into a bathroom and shot her, Kagay said.

Police spotted Lees on September 10th pulling out of a convenience store parking lot, and a chase ensued.

After crashing, Lees took off running, pulling a handgun from his waistband and raising it in the direction of police.

Three officers fired, striking Lees multiple times.

An autopsy showed Lees was under the influence of methamphetamine and the opioid tramadol, Kagay said.

Kagay noted that Lees was a former inmate, and said he would not go back to prison and was ready for a shootout with law enforcement.