William Matthew Holmes Killed by McPherson County Sheriff's Office

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Category: Police - County
Old Crime Scene Address:
I 135 and Arrowhead Road
Mapping Police Violence:

Newton police officers tried to stop a vehicle that was reported to have been involved in a car burglary. The driver led officers on a high-speed chase north on Interstate 135, police said. The driver stopped in the median after he ran over spike sticks. The people inside refused to leave the vehicle for several minutes, and then when the driver got out, he took an "aggressive stance" and kicked a K-9 dog that officers used to attack him. Police claim they shot him after he "reached for the officer's weapon."

Victim's Name: William Matthew Holmes

Agency Responsible: McPherson County Sheriff's Office

Gender: Male

Age: 24

Race: Black

Date of Death: August 28, 2017

County: McPherson

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Official Disposition: Pending investigation/No Known Charges

Criminal Charges: No known charges

Mental Illness: Yes

Armed: Unarmed/Did Not Have an Actual Weapon

Weapon: unarmed

Threat Level: attack

Fleeing: Car

Body Camera: No

Washington Post Database ID: 2906

Geography: Rural

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