McPherson PD officer cleared in 2014 shooting

By Chris Swick
June 26, 2015

McPherson County Attorney David Page released the results Friday of an investigation into an officer-involved shooting in June of 2014 that resulted in the death of an Ellsworth County man.

Page ruled that the use of deadly force by a McPherson Police officer in the death of Timothy R. Lloyd, 56, of Kanopolis on June 4, 2014, was lawful and justified.

The incident took place in the 1900 block of South Maxwell in McPherson after emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle injury, hit-and-run accident at the intersection of East Kansas and Maxwell. McPherson Police officers searched for the second vehicle in the accident after it had fled the scene.

An officer discovered an adult male, who turned out to be Lloyd, hiding in a ditch. Upon discovery, Lloyd jumped up and charged the officer, pulling out a shiny, metallic object from the waistband in his pants. The officer then fired two shots in quick succession.

The investigation into the shooting showed that medical assistance was administered in a timely manner and EMS was requested within 10 seconds of the shooting.

Page's ruling showed that the entire incident, from discovery of Lloyd to the shooting, took less than 30 seconds.

An investigation into the incident was conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, with the evidence reviewed by Page's office. The officer, who was not identified other than to say he was a veteran of the force, has been brought back on full, active duty with the McPherson Police Department.

“Unfortunately, the world has become a more violent place and it is now becoming commonplace to hear news reports of shootings,” McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty said in a press release. “Due in part to the dedication of the men and women of this department, McPherson has to a large extent been spared of this violence. We ask a lot from the officers on the street and I am confident that the officer acted appropriately, within department policy and within the best practices for law enforcement officers under very difficult circumstances.”