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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Shooting suspect arrested for murder

  • The suspect in Friday's shootout in Leavenworth that left a 5-year-old girl dead has been arrested.
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  • The suspect in Friday's shootout in Leavenworth that left a 5-year-old girl dead has been arrested.
    Authorities arrested Marcas T. McGowan, 30, for first-degree felony murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated endangering of a child, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding police, and criminal possession of a firearm, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.
    Kitchens said McGowan remains in a hospital after he reportedly was wounded in a shootout with police officers around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the area of 20th Street and Metropolitan Avenue.
    The incident resulted in the death of 5-year-old Cadence Harris.
    The Leavenworth Police Department was contacted about a car chase in Platte County, Mo., involving a kidnapping suspect who had a small child in his car. 
    Kitchens said the incident apparently started in Atchison before crossing into Missouri.
    The car crossed Centennial Bridge into Leavenworth, and local officers became involved.
    McGowan eventually stopped the car and allegedly engaged police with a weapon, Kitchens said.
    Mark Malick, special agent in charge for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said there is no evidence Harris was struck by bullets from police.
    The KBI has been investigating the incident.
    McGowan has not been formally charged in court, but the case is being turned over to prosecutors for review.
    "It's at a point where we're going to turn things over to the County Attorney's Office here in Leavenworth," Malick said.
    Malick and Kitchens answered questions about the investigation during a news conference Monday at the Justice Center.
    Kitchens said McGowan was arrested around 5 p.m. Monday. He said there was concern that McGowan would be able to go free once he was released from the hospital.
    "That is not the case," Kitchens said.
    The police chief said McGowan is under heavy guard and will be transported to the Leavenworth County Jail when he's released from the hospital.
    Malick said investigators still are asking the public's help in the investigation.
    "This investigation is no where near its completion," he said.
    He said people with information about the case can contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.
    "They can remain anonymous," he said.
    Christina Harris, who is the mother of the victim, attended Monday's news conference.
    Harris said she hopes McGowan "pays for what he did to my daughter."
    Harris said she had been in a relationship with McGowan that she alleges involved domestic violence. 
    Harris said she had not feared for her daughter's safety during the relationship.
    Page 2 of 2 - "She loved him, and he claimed he loved her," she said.

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