Police: Shooting suspect lied about being a bail bondsman
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot and wounded another man outside a Topeka motel falsely claimed that he was a bail bondsman who was attempting to take a suspect into custody.
Topeka police say 36-year-old Durante Dewayne Jones was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated false impersonation and being in possession of a firearm despite past felony drug and obstruction convictions.
Police initially said that the bondsman fired Monday when the suspect attempted to strike him with a large metal object at the Traveler’s Inn. Police described the wounded man’s injuries as non-life threatening. No one else was hurt.
Police spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen says it was later confirmed that Jones was not a bondsman. She said she didn’t have information about a motive, noting that the investigation is ongoing.
This story corrects the location of the shooting to Traveler’s Inn.