Danedri Thompson
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An investigation into the officer-involved fatal shooting of Deanne Choate, Gardner, continues. According to a press release from Olathe Police Sgt. Bryan Hill, however, evidence suggests that Choate failed to follow officers’ verbal commands about a handgun and officers fired their weapons striking her,
Hill serves as spokesperson for the Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Team (OISIT), a multi-jurisdictional group of investigators from area law enforcement agencies.
Four Gardner police officers remain on administrative leave.
The Johnson County Crime Lab has completed scene processing at a home in the 400 block of North Birch Street and has released the residence back to the homeowner.
Hill said the OISIT is tasked with investigating officer-involved shootings to keep the home agency – in this case, the Gardner Police Department – out of the investigative process. Once the team has completed its investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Hill said there isn’t a deadline to complete the investigation.
“I think (investigators are)  trying to wrap things up this week,” Hill said. “They haven’t given me a specific timeline… Investigators can take as much time as they need.”
Gardner police officers responded to a call in the 400 block of North Birch Street on March 26.  Choate’s boyfriend had said she fired a shot inside the house.
When officers arrived, Choate, 53, was shot and killed.