Jonah Oswald identified as the Fairway police officer shot dead in Kansas

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The Fairway Police Department in Kansas has announced the death of an officer. Pic credit: @City of Fairway, KS/Facebook

A police officer has died following a shootout at a convenience store in Mission, Kansas, on Sunday. The Fairway Police Department announced last night that Police Officer Jonah Oswald succumbed to his injuries.

The 29-year-old Oswald had been with the department for four years, and he leaves behind a wife and two young children.

The incident began on Sunday morning in the suburbs to the south of Kansas City and involved multiple agencies from the Lenexa, Fairway, and Mission police departments and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Officers from Lenexa PD were first alerted to a stolen vehicle at a QuikTrip convenience store. When they arrived to investigate, the driver rammed a police car and sped off.

The chase ended at another QuikTrip store, but when officers from multiple agencies entered the business to arrest the two suspects, gunfire was exchanged, and Officer Oswald was struck.

Oswald was rushed to a hospital, but he passed away yesterday.

Fairway Police named Shannon Wayne Marshall as the suspect in Jonah Oswald shooting

The suspect car thief and gunman was 40-year-old Shannon Wayne Marshall of Ashland City, Tennessee. He was shot by officers and declared dead at the scene.

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A second female suspect was identified as 32-year-old Andrea Rene Cothran from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She was not injured during the arrest.

Cothran was booked into Johnson County jail but has not yet been charged. Charges are expected to be pending.

Fairway Police Chief J.P. Thurlo gave a statement yesterday saying, “I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of Officer Jonah Oswald, who made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out his oath to serve and protect.”

Thurlo described Oswald as a warm-hearted hardworking officer whose work and “passion touched the lives of many.” He was an integral part of the team and made “significant contributions to our department and to the Fairway community.”

The Police Chief also sent his condolences on behalf of the police department and the city of Fairway to the Oswald family, calling their loss “immeasurable.” Thurlo also thanked the community for their support and stressed that the family had asked for privacy at this time.

More condolences came in for Fairway, KS, Police Officer Jonah Oswald

Nearby police agencies also sent their condolences and showed support for Fairway PD and the Oswald family. The Lenexa, Olathe, and Garden City police departments all posted their condolences to X, formerly known as Twitter.

Johnson County Chairman Mike Kelly issued a statement stressing the importance of remembering that law enforcement officials “put their lives at risk to serve and protect our community every day,” adding, “We have a deep appreciation for all first responders.”

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