Man Identified in Fatal Ottawa Shooting
By The Herald Staff
An 18-year-old Ottawa man who died in a shooting Saturday night with law enforcement officers has been identified as Joseph Jennings.
Officers from the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded at 7:51 p.m. Saturday to a report of a person reportedly armed with a gun in the Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot, 2008 S. Princeton St., Ottawa, according to an Ottawa Police Department news release.
Responding officers made contact with the man and a shooting occurred that involved officers from both law enforcement agencies, the news release said.
Jennings was treated at the scene by emergency personnel from the Franklin County Ambulance Service for gunshot wounds and transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa. He later died from his injuries at the hospital. No officers were injured during the incident.
Because officers from the police department and sheriff’s office were involved in the shooting, the law enforcement agencies requested assistance from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Also as a matter of policy, officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave while the KBI conducts its investigation.
The Herald will provide more details as they become available.