21-year-old arrested in connection with murder in Topeka’s 3rd homicide of 2018

A 21-year-old who Topeka police were looking for as a person of interest in the city’s third homicide of 2018 was booked into jail Monday in connection with murder.


Zachary Buck-Schrag, 21, who was considered armed and dangerous, turned himself in to the Lawrence Police Department, Topeka police Lt. Colleen Stuart said about 4:20 p.m. Monday.

Buck-Schrag was then booked into jail in connection with murder, criminal discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Stuart said about 7 p.m.

Police had been searching for the man Monday.

According to Topeka police Lt. Steve Roth, officers at 12:05 a.m. Sunday responded to a report of gunshots fired in the area of S.W. 22nd Park and Mulvane.

When they arrived, they found the car in a tree line with a male passenger who was dead.

Police on Monday identified that person as Travis Larsen, 37, of Topeka.

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The shooting death — which was just south of Washburn University — marks the third homicide in the first 14 days of 2018 in Topeka.

A woman police had been looking for who was believed to have witnessed the incident has been identified, police said Monday.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Buck-Schrag had been on intensive supervised probation after being convicted in Shawnee County of possessing marijuana and evading a roadblock in 2017, criminally possessing a firearm in 2016, committing domestic battery in 2015 and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in 2014.

Anyone with further information on this incident is encouraged to call Detective Lance Green at (785) 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.