May 20, 2020 10:00 PM

2 charged in fatal shooting of Kan. high school senior

Posted May 20, 2020 10:00 PM
Michael photo Shawnee Co.
Michael photo Shawnee Co.

TOPEKA, Kan., (AP) — Two men are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Topeka high school senior earlier this month.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said Tuesday that Tyron Michael and Daravian Ryce are charged in the May 12 death of 18-year-old Jo'Heem Meredith.

Police say Meredith was shot at a Topeka apartment complex. He went to a hospital but died from his injuries. Besides the murder charge, the suspects each face four other charges.

Ryce from an earlier arrest in Butler Co.
Ryce from an earlier arrest in Butler Co.

The suspects also face several other charges, including aggravated robbery and assault. Michael was charged with gun and drug counts related to his arrest on May 13.

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Dickey photo Shawnee County. He has previous convictions for theft, burglary and criminal threat, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections

SHAWNEE COUNTY  – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting in Topeka and have made an arrest.

Just after 2:00 am, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of NE Coachlight Drive, according to Lt. Matt Danielson.

Officers arrived on scene and located a victim later identified as 47-year-old Royal T. St. Clair of Topeka  in a home that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived and transported him to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police on the scene of the shooting investigation early Wednesday photo courtesy WIBW TV

On Wednesday afternoon, police took a person of interest in the shooting investigation  into custody in the 400 block of SE Rice Road.

After questioning, police arrested  24 year-old Austin J. Dickey on requested charges of  aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. St. Clair remains in critical but stable condition at an area hospital, according to police spokesperson Gretchen Koenen.

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SHAWNEE COUNTY  – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting in Topeka.

Just after 2:00 am, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of NE Coachlight Drive, according to Lt. Matt Danielson.

Officers arrived on scene and located a victim in a home that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived and transported that victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police released no additional details including the victim's name.