A 32-year-old woman from Tennessee, Andrea Rene Cothran, has been charged with three felonies in connection to a police chase and shootout in Johnson County. The incident resulted in the death of a Fairway police officer and another suspect. Cothran faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing from police, theft, and reckless driving. The officer killed in the shootout has been identified as Jonah Oswald. Robert A. Cronkleton, Anna Spoerre reported
A 32-year-old woman from Tennessee has been charged with three serious crimes following a police pursuit that resulted in a shootout at a gas station in Johnson County, resulting in the death of a police officer and another suspect. Court documents reveal that Andrea Rene Cothran, hailing from Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was formally charged on Tuesday morning at Johnson County District Court. The charges against her include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, theft, and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. The deceased officer has been identified as 29-year-old Jonah Oswald, who had served in the Fairway Police Department for four years.
Cothran is specifically accused of deliberately causing bodily harm to a different officer under the charge of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. The accusation states that the battery was carried out using a deadly weapon or in a manner that could have resulted in significant bodily injuries, disfigurement, or death.
The suspect who was killed during the shootout has been identified by the authorities as Shannon Wayne Marshall, a 40-year-old resident of Ashland City, Tennessee.
The series of events leading up to the fatal shootout began at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Sunday when reports of a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee surfaced at the QuikTrip near West 95th Street and Interstate 35 in Lenexa. While officers were investigating the vehicle theft, the female driver of the SUV allegedly rammed a Lenexa police cruiser before fleeing the scene. Lenexa police subsequently initiated a pursuit of the vehicle, heading north on I-35. The pursuit concluded when the SUV crashed at Lamar Avenue, prompting a man and woman to flee into a nearby QuikTrip.
Officers from various law enforcement agencies pursued the pair into the QuikTrip, leading to an exchange of gunfire inside the premises. Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene, while Oswald was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday.
Cothran is currently being held on a bail amounting to $1 million. Her initial court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Records from the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry reveal that Cothran previously pleaded guilty in 2016 to two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor..