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DA says Lenexa police shooting of man in fleeing car was justified

Raw video: Lenexa officer-involved shooting

Lenexa police and Kansas Highway Patrol officers were on the scene Tuesday of an officer-involved shooting at Mauer and 87th Street in Lenexa.
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Lenexa police and Kansas Highway Patrol officers were on the scene Tuesday of an officer-involved shooting at Mauer and 87th Street in Lenexa.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday that a Lenexa police officer was justified when he fired into a fleeing car May 1 and wounded 20-year-old Taylor Greenhalgh.

Police said Greenhalgh drove away from officers who were trying to question him regarding a stolen car report after several police vehicles surrounded his car in a Lenexa parking lot.

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Taylor Greenhalgh

Police said his car hit several police vehicles as he drove away. An officer fired into the car and Greenhalgh was hit by several bullets. Greenhalgh led police on a chase before the bleeding driver surrendered about 3.5 miles away.

The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team investigated the officer's use of deadly force, and the prosecutor's office reviewed their findings.

Howe announced his decision on Twitter, saying the shooting was "legal and justified" under Kansas law, and that the prosecutor's office "will take no action against the officer involved."

Further information was not available at midday Wednesday.

By shooting into a moving vehicle, the officer used a tactic that has long been considered too dangerous in most circumstances.

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Greenhalgh was hospitalized, then was treated at the Johnson County jail's infirmary.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and single counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, theft and fleeing and eluding.

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