“Officer Jonah Oswald Killed in Shootout, Kansas City Law Enforcement Mourns”

By | August 10, 2023



Law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City area are providing support to the small Johnson County community of Fairway after the death of Officer Jonah Oswald, who was killed in a shootout during an auto theft investigation. The Fairway Police Department lost one of its own on Monday, and other agencies have stepped in to help with patrol shifts. The community has come together to mourn Oswald’s death, and law enforcement agencies are committed to ensuring the safety and control of the city. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Bill Lukitsch reported

On Tuesday, August 8, 2023, mourners gathered at the Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shawnee to pay their respects to Officer Jonah Oswald, who tragically lost his life in a shooting incident at a QuikTrip in Mission on Sunday, August 6, 2023. The small community of Fairway in Johnson County is deeply saddened by the loss of one of their own, as Oswald was a valued member of the eight-member Fairway Police Department for four years. In light of this tragedy, law enforcement agencies from the Kansas City area have stepped in to provide support, including taking on patrol shifts. Sergeant Jesse Valdez of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office expressed the importance of this solidarity, stating that it is a demonstration of the brotherhood and sisterhood that exists among law enforcement agencies. He assured the community of Fairway that they have the full support of law enforcement and that their safety and well-being remain a top priority. Assistance is being provided by various agencies, including the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas City Police, and Kansas City, Kansas Police. Johnson County deputies are currently handling calls for service on behalf of the Fairway Police Department and will continue to do so until the officers feel ready to return to duty. This support will be ongoing, with plans to reassess the situation after Friday. Sergeant Valdez emphasized that the loss of Officer Oswald has deeply impacted the law enforcement community in Johnson County and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received thus far. The circumstances surrounding the shooting incident are still being investigated by the Johnson County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Investigation Team. The incident began with a police chase initiated by the Lenexa Police Department, which ended at the QuikTrip in Mission. Oswald and officers from other agencies responded to the scene to apprehend the suspects, resulting in a fatal exchange of gunfire that claimed Oswald’s life and the life of one suspect. The other suspect, Andrea Rene Cothran, is facing charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and theft. The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office is currently evaluating whether additional charges will be filed against Cothran. Chief J.P. Thurlo of the Fairway Police Department announced Oswald’s death on Monday night, describing him as a warm-hearted individual whose dedication and hard work touched the lives of many. Oswald leaves behind a grieving family, including a wife and two young children. His death marks a tragic milestone for the Fairway Police Department, as he is the first officer from the department to be killed in the line of duty. Throughout his career, Oswald also served at the Buckner Police Department, where he was known for his sunny disposition and commitment to making a positive impact on his community. The loss of Officer Oswald is a somber reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers every day, and his sacrifice will always be remembered..