Topeka police officers and detectives remained on the scene early Friday morning of the homicide of a 31-year-old man who police said was killed late Thursday night following an argument and shooting at the Best Western motel in southwest Topeka.
Lt. Jennifer Cross said in a news release that Topeka police officers were called at 11:42 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of S.W. Fairlawn on a report of a shooting. She said one victim, Jesse Lee McFall, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. The people involved in the incident knew each other, Cross said.
Watch commander Lt. Chris Heaven said on Friday he couldn’t provide any additional information regarding any arrests, other than to say it would have to come from the Topeka police chief’s office.
As of 6:30 a.m., crime scene tape could be seen in a hallway on the first floor of the motel.
The investigation continues and more information will be released as it becomes available, she said. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the police department’s criminal investigation bureau at (785) 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.
It’s the second homicide in Topeka in 2018. The other occurred Jan. 4, when police said they believe a murder-suicide occurred during a 16-hour standoff with police.