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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Prosecutor schedules conference in homicide case

  • There was no word today of formal charges being filed against the suspect in Friday's shootout that left a young girl dead.
    But, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson has scheduled a 9 a.m. news conference for Wednesday at the Justice Center regarding the case.
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      The family of Cadence Harris, who was killed Friday in Leavenworth, is requesting donations to help cover funeral expenses.


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  • There was no word today of formal charges being filed against the suspect in Friday's shootout that left a young girl dead.
    But, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson has scheduled a 9 a.m. news conference for Wednesday at the Justice Center regarding the case.
    Marcas T. McGowan, 30, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree felony murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated endangering of a child, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding, and criminal possession of a firearm, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.
    McGowan allegedly exchanged gunfire with Leavenworth police officers and was wounded during the incident, which resulted in the death of Cadence Harris, 5. The suspect allegedly kidnapped the girl.
    After Friday's shooting, Kitchens announced the two police officers who were involved had been reassigned to administrative duties.
    Kitchens said this is standard procedure when officers are involved in shootings.
    "There's a couple of reasons why we do that," he said.
    One reason, he said, is to allow time to review the facts of what happened. The second reason is to give officers time to appropriately process what happened and make sure they're OK.
    Kitchens said the two officers, whose names have not been released, will remain assigned to administrative duties through at least this week.
    "This is a pretty significant event," Deputy Police Chief Dan Nicodemus said of officer-involved shootings.
    He said administrative duties can include office work or spending time with a Police Department psychologist.
    "They might spend time with peers," Nicodemus.
    He did not comment on what the two officers involved in Friday's shooting have been doing this week.
    Kitchens said Leavenworth officers became involved in the incident after receiving a report of a car chase in Platte County, Mo., involving a kidnapping suspect who had a small child in his car. Kitchens said the incident started in Atchison before crossing into Missouri. The car eventually crossed Centennial Bridge into Leavenworth.
    Mark Malick, Kansas Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge, said there's no evidence Harris was killed by a bullet fired by a police officer.
    McGowan was taken to the hospital after the incident. He was arrested Monday while still in the hospital.
    Kitchens said the suspect is under heavy guard and will be taken to Leavenworth County Jail when he's released from the hospital.
    Funeral services for Harris are scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at Faith Evangelistic Center, 120 N. Broadway in Leavenworth, according to the Angels for Cadence Facebook page that has been set up in the girl's honor.

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