Manhattan Man Shot And Killed After Entering A Home

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.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.