Kansas man arrested after 2 fatal shootings, police chase

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 51-year-old Kansas man was arrested Sunday morning in connection with two fatal overnight shootings in Lawrence after he fled from police and shot at officers during the pursuit.

Lawrence Police spokeswoman Laura McCabe said in a news release that the two shootings were reported early Sunday morning within a few blocks of each other in the town that is home to the University. of Kansas.

The first shooting was reported around 1 a.m. Sunday and officers found a 53-year-old man seriously injured. He later died in a Kansas City hospital. The second shooting was reported a few blocks away shortly after, and officers found a 43-year-old man dead.

Over the next few hours, investigators identified a suspect, but when officers found him around 6 a.m. he refused to stop and instead fled from police.

The suspect led police on a chase through Lawrence before turning onto Kansas Highway 10 and heading towards Kansas City. McCabe said the suspect shot officers several times while driving on the freeway before hitting stop sticks that an Eudora officer had turned off and stopped.

After the chase ended, police arrested Rodney Ericson Marshall of Lawrence on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder.

McCabe said investigators believe Marshall acted alone, but she did not say what led to the shooting.

The names of the victims were not immediately released Sunday.

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