Jan 14, 2021 11:00 AM

Kansas man wanted for role in gunfight captured

Posted Jan 14, 2021 11:00 AM
Nelson photo Shawnee County
Nelson photo Shawnee County

SHAWNEE COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities  investigating an exchange of gunfire in in Shawnee County have made an arrest.

Just before 8:30p.m. January 8, deputies responded to the area of NW Beecher Road and NW Netherland Drive on a report of gunfire exchanged between two individuals, according to deputy Abigail Christian.

When deputies arrived, it was reported that 27-year-old  Zachery R. Nelson arrived at a private residence and after a brief argument, fired multiple rounds at another individual. The victim also returned gunfire. There were no injuries. The Shawnee County Sheriff's Department asked the public for help to locate Nelson.

Police on the scene of the shooting investigation WIBW
Police on the scene of the shooting investigation WIBW

Just before 3p.m. Wednesday, Deputies arrested Nelson at a residence in the 8000 block of SW 23rd Terrace without incident. Nelson was transported to the Law Enforcement Center for further questioning and then booked him into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on requested charges of first degree murder, aggravated assault, criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, criminal discharge of a firearm at an unoccupied dwelling, criminal damage and criminal threat.

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SHAWNEE COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating an exchange of gunfire and continue to ask the community’s assistance locating a suspect..

On Friday, January 8, 2021, shortly before 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to the area of NW Beecher Road and NW Netherland Drive on a report of gunfire exchanged between two individuals, according to deputy Abigail Christian.

When deputies arrived, it was reported that 27-year-old  Zachery R. Nelson arrived at a private residence and after a brief argument, fired multiple rounds at another individual.

The victim also returned gunfire. At this time, no injuries have been reported.

Nelson has a previous burglary conviction. This photo from 2013, according to the Kansas Dept. of Corrections
Nelson has a previous burglary conviction. This photo from 2013, according to the Kansas Dept. of Corrections

Information was received that Nelson was possibly located at a residence in the 3700 block of SW 12th Street, in Topeka. Deputies attempted to locate Nelson at the residence but didn't find him.

Nelson is described as a white male, 5-feet-11 inches tall, 165 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes. He was last seen driving a dark blue 2011 GMC Canyon pickup truck.

Authorities asked citizens to not approach Nelson, but call 911.