A man police were seeking to interview about a Thursday morning homicide in Kansas City, Kan., walked into the Wyandotte County Jail several hours after the killing and was arrested on an unrelated traffic warrant.
Unaware that Lorenzo M. Pulliam was in custody, police issued a news release later Thursday morning seeking the public’s help in finding Pulliam. Police also issued an Amber Alert after family members reported that Pulliam had taken his 7-month-old son.
Shortly after broadcasting the alert, police found the baby safe and canceled it.
The killing was reported just before 4:30 a.m. in the 3100 block of West 45th Avenue in the Rosedale area.
A man whose identity had not been released was found dead inside a residence. Another man was found wounded outside. Police said later that his injuries were considered critical.
Pulliam, 28, went to the jail about 8:55 a.m. and told records clerks that he wanted to turn himself in, according to a spokeswoman for the Wyandotte County sheriff’s office.
At that time, information that police were seeking to speak to him had not been entered into the law enforcement computer system. But Pulliam had a warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic charge.
He was booked into jail on that warrant. Before releasing Pulliam on bond, deputies followed protocol and rechecked the computer, according to the spokeswoman.
By then, the information that Pulliam was being sought for questioning had been logged in the computer. Jail personnel then notified police. Detectives took custody of Pulliam.
As of late Thursday afternoon, no charges had been filed in connection with the shooting incident. Detectives were continuing to investigate.