Wichita Man Sentenced for Role in Shooting of Carbondale Police Officer

Oct 28, 2019

A Wichita, Kansas man has been sentenced to nine years in an Illinois prison for charges related to the 2016 shooting of Carbondale Police Officer Trey Harris.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 28-year-old Matthew Manley pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Deliver more than five thousand grams of a substance containing cannabis.

Manley admitted he and others came to Carbondale to collect on a debt from a previous cannabis deal in July 2016.

In the course of that debt collection, shots were fired in the area of the 700 block of North Robert A. Stalls Avenue in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police officers who were patrolling the area heard the shots and observed a vehicle speed away from the scene.

During the pursuit, 24-year-old Alex Karcher of Salina, Kansas,
fired at Officer Harris seven times as he sped away from the scene. One of those shots hit Harris in the eye.

Karcher was sentenced to 27-and-a-half years in prison.