Shawnee police are continuing to search a neighborhood where they believe a firearm was tossed during a late-night foot pursuit that ended with a police dog biting the apprehended suspect.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said Wednesday that officers have returned to the chase area numerous times, searching everywhere on the ground and even rooftops, but they haven’t located a weapon.
“We’re still looking,” the chief said, asking anyone who may locate it to immediately call police.
“We don’t need a loose gun out there for a kid to find,” Frantz added.
Based on information from the police report, officers are looking for a 25-caliber weapon. Police responded late Tuesday night to 507 W. Ford, where a witness reported seeing the suspect fire the gun into the air.
The suspect reportedly took off running southbound when police arrived, going through multiple backyards in that neighborhood.
Officers ordered the suspect to stop, but he allegedly refused and kept running, the report reads. A perimeter was set up as officers and a department K-9 searched the area.
Sgt. Jon Goss and his police dog, Rex, tracked the suspect, Jason Shields, 19, to a backyard in the 500 block of West Wallace.
Reports show Shields, who received a dog bite on his arm while being taken into custody, was checked by REACT EMS paramedics and then arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and obstructing an officer. Formal charges have not been filed.
Officers located a spent .25-caliber cartridge in the roadway and it was taken into evidence. Upon book-in at the jail, detention officers found a .25-caliber bullet in Shields’ pocket, records show.
But the firearm that was allegedly seen being fired wasn’t located that night or in subsequent searches, so the effort to find it is ongoing.
The case remains under investigation and will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.