UPDATE: Two Dead In Wednesday Incident

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has released more details about Wednesday’s officer involved shooting in Salina:

Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) agents and the Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) are investigating after an officer involved shooting occurred today in Salina.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Salina Police Department requested KBI assistance to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at around 11:30 a.m., a 911 call was received from a resident of 2092 Harold Ave. in Salina, requesting police because they thought someone was injured or dead inside the home.

When officers from the Salina Police Department arrived at the residence, they observed what they believed to be blood on the porch. They entered the residence and attempted to clear the house. On the first floor of the home, police discovered 71-year-old Linda Kromer who had been stabbed to death.

Officers heard noises from the basement and proceeded downstairs. They located a male subject, later identified as Jeremy Connolly, 28, in a basement bedroom where he had barricaded the door with objects. Officers could open the door partially, and saw that Connolly was armed with a large knife. Pepper spray was deployed into the room, and repeated commands were given for him to drop the knife. Connolly advanced toward the officers while still holding the knife. Two officers from the Salina Police Department fired at him, striking Connolly.

At the time of the shooting, five officers were in the basement. No officers were injured in this incident.

EMS responded and Connolly was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. EMS pronounced Kromer deceased at the scene. Connolly was Kromer’s step-grandson. Connolly lived at the residence where the shooting took place, and Kromer lived next door.

The KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this incident. Once completed the findings will be presented to the Saline County Attorney for review. The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.


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Two people are dead following an incident which ended with an officer involved shooting in West Salina late Wednesday morning.

According to Salina Police, at 11:34 in the morning officers were dispatched to a call for service in the 2000 block of Harold Avenue. The caller believed that an individual inside the home had been injured.

Upon arrival, officers located what appeared to be blood on the front portion of the residence. Officers entered the home in an effort to locate anyone in distress. Officers located a recently deceased female inside and immediately began securing the home for any other victim(s) or suspect(s).

Shortly thereafter, officers located a male in the basement of the home. This male was armed with a knife. After a brief confrontation, the male who was still armed with the knife, was shot by two Salina Police officers.

This male was transported to Salina Regional Hospital and he was pronounced dead at 1248 hours.

This officer involved shooting and death investigation has been turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) who is presently on-scene.

1:20 PM

ORIGINAL: An officer involved shooting which happened in west Salina late Wednesday morning is under investigation. It happened at a home in the 2000 Block of Harold Avenue.

Police Captain Gary Hanus told KSAL News at the scene the incident began when officers were sent to the home to conduct a welfare check.  He says there was an officer involved shooting when they encountered a person who was armed.



One person was transported by EMS from the scene. Further details, including names and conditions were not immediately released.

Hanus says the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is responding, and will lead the investigation into the incident.

The KBI says one person was killed in the officer-involved shooting. No officers were hurt.

The KBI is expected to release more details later today.