Shooting Update

Media Release Date: 

Two individuals have been arrested for the murder of Lawrence resident, Gary Edens.

Brittny Marie Adams of Topeka, Kansas was booked into the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Second Degree Murder.
Jonathan Randall Rush of Wichita, Kansas was booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of Second Degree Murder, Criminal Possession of a Firearm (Felon), Possession of Stolen Property and Aggravated Assault.
The Lawrence Police Department wishes to thank the witnesses, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Topeka Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, Shawnee County Park Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Emergency Communications for the assistance provided to the Lawrence Police Officers and Detectives which led to the apprehension of the suspects.
This is an ongoing investigation. Future media inquiries should be directed to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.


Lawrence Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Michigan at approximately 6:20 p.m., on July 17, 2013, in reference to the sound of gunshots.
Officers located a 51 year old Lawrence resident who was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses at the scene provided officers with a description of a possible suspect vehicle. An attempt to locate was broadcast to area Law Enforcement. A vehicle matching the description was located in the Topeka area. The vehicle was stopped and the occupants were detained. Lawrence Detectives traveled to Topeka to talk with the two occupants of the vehicle.
This is an ongoing investigation and any further information or updates about the investigation will be provided through a media release. The name of the victim is being withheld until family notification is complete.
Anyone with information please call Police Department at 785-832-7509 or Douglas County CrimeStoppers at 785-843-TIPS (8477)
Captain Paul Fellers
Lawrence Police Department