Officer-involved shooting in Lehigh

Robb Stewart, 50, was shot and killed at his home in Lehigh after pointing a gun toward a law enforcement officer on Tuesday, June 20.

Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft said a 9-1-1 call was received at 6:10 p.m. by Stewart threatening to take his life.

“Officers from the Marion County Sheriff’s office and Marion and Hillsboro police departments, were first to arrive in Lehigh,” he said.

Once on the scene, Craft said, family members told officers that Stewart had access to firearms.

“One of the officers observed Stewart holding a handgun entering an outbuilding to the north of the home,” he said.

Authorities positioned themselves around the outbuilding, Craft said, and a negotiator was called to speak with Stewart.

But before the negotiator was able to get to the location, Stewart left the outbuilding with the handgun.

“Officers instructed (Stewart) to put the handgun down,” Craft said, “and when he pointed the gun toward one of the officers, that officer fired at Stewart.”

About thirty minutes after 9-1-1 was called, emergency medical personnel at the scene pronounced Stewart dead.

“The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was requested,” Craft said.

KBI spokeswoman Melis­sa Underwood, Topeka, stated in an e-mail response that Marion County law enforcement officials arrived at Stewart’s residence, 408 E. Maria in Lehigh, at 6:20 p.m.

The sheriff’s office got an emergency call reporting an escalating argument and domestic incident involving Stewart, she stated.

No officers were injured during the incident, Underwood added, but an officer was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He was later released.

“The KBI will complete a thorough and independent investigation into this matter,” she stated. “Once completed, the findings will be turned over to the Marion County attorney for review.”

In addition to KBI agents, the Crime Scene Response Team also responded.

“The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave through his department pending the investigation,” Craft said.

The Peabody Police Department also responded, he said.

Lehigh is about 7 miles west of Hillsboro and just north of U.S. Highway 56.

Underwood said: “This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.”

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