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Salina detective reinstated after investigation


SALINA (MCT) -- A Salina police detective involved in a May 21 shooting was found to have acted in compliance with department policies and procedures and has returned to work, a Salina Police Department spokesman said.

An internal department review found that detective Scott Hogeland was justified in returning fire after Jose L. Carrillo-Morales, 45, allegedly fired first at him, said Capt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. The shooting occurred after Hogeland responded to investigate a domestic disturbance.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted a criminal investigation, concluding that no criminal charges were warranted against Hogeland and charges should be filed against Carrillo-Morales, Sweeney said.

Makes first appearance

Carrillo-Morales made a first appearance Tuesday in Saline County District Court via closed-circuit television. He was formally charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting at Hogeland and master patrol officers Gary Hanus and James M. "Mike" Miller.

He also faces charges of criminal threat, aggravated assault and domestic battery in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred before his encounter with police.

Carrillo-Morales is next scheduled to appear in court with his attorney at 10:30 a.m. June 9.

Each count of attempted murder carries a possible sentence of 12 years and three months to 54 years and five months in prison, depending on an offender's criminal history.

Carrillo-Morales, who was shot in the cheek and shoulder, had been staying with a Salina woman whom he allegedly threatened to kill before retrieving a .22-caliber rifle from a bedroom. The woman fled the house and met police officers in a Centennial Park shelter.

Police encountered Carrillo-Morales in the 700 block of Commanche Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. May 21 when he allegedly walked toward the shelter carrying a rifle wrapped in a blanket.

(c)2014 The Salina Journal (Salina, Kan.)