On December 11th, 2015 at approximately 12:03 AM, Riley County Police and Emergency Crews were dispatched to 1004 North 8th Street in Manhattan for a report of an apparent intruder that had been shot by the resident of that address. Upon arrival officers discovered Tyler Nelson, 21 years old, of Manhattan inside the residence and with a gunshot wound to the chest. Nelson was transported by Riley County EMS to Via Christi Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that Nelson unlawfully gained entry to the residence, was confronted by the resident and then shot once in the chest. The resident has been identified as Richard Smith, 62 years old, of 1004 North 8th Street in Manhattan. Also present was Rachel Johnston, 39 years old, who resides at 1004 North 8th Street.
Nelson was not known to Smith or Johnston prior to this incident. Nelson’s purpose for entering this residence is unknown at this time. No charges have been filed against Smith at this time in relation to Nelson being shot. Smith was arrested, however, for Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as a result of this investigation.
Bond was set at $10,000.00 and Smith remained confined at the time of this report. The investigation of this incident continues to be ongoing.