The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into the circumstances surrounding a fatal officer-involved shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart in Junction City.
Lt. Tricia Giordano told WIBW News Now that police were doing a welfare check at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 600 block of Caroline Avenue, just a few blocks away from the Walmart.
According to a news release from the KBI, shortly after officers arrived at the home, another call came in reporting an armed disturbance at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at 1723 McFarland Rd.
Officers from both the Junction City Police Department and the Geary County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found a man armed with two handguns on the sidewalk north of the parking lot.
The suspect refused multiple commands from the officers to drop the weapons. The suspect reportedly had one gun pointed at the officers and was holding the other to his head.
KBI spokesperson Melissa Underwood says the confrontation escalated and officers shot at the suspect.
Underwood says four officers from the two agencies fired shots. The release did not state how many shots were fired.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Peter James Robbins, of Fort Riley.
Robbins was a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Riley, according to 1st Infantry Division Jason Roberts.
Robbins was a member of the 1st Infantry’s “Devil Brigade” who joined the Army in February 2013. He came to Fort Riley in August 2013.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico native was deployed to Iraq in June 2014 and to South Korea in October 2016.
According to a news release, Robbins had earned several awards since enlisting, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
The KBI investigation is ongoing and, upon completion, the findings will be turned over to the Geary County District Attorney’s Office for review.