November 1, 2019

Our condolences are with the victim who died in the shooting from last night. We would like to thank all the people we interviewed and came into contact with who were cooperative in assisting with the late-night investigation. Because of the support from the community, our detectives were able to identify, and arrest the suspect in a murder investigation within 12 hours of the crime. 

Richard Goens, 29, of Manhattan was arrested earlier today on offenses of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault x3, and Aggravated Robbery. Goens is confined in the Riley County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Two-part Shooting Update:

As part of the investigation, officers are attempting to locate pieces of a handgun that may have been disassembled and left in the Westloop area.

If you are in the area and see parts of a gun, please contact RCPD at (785) 537-2112. 

Early this morning before 5 a.m., officers took a subject into custody in the 900 block of Moro in connection to the shooting. People in the area may have heard loud noises, as officers gained entry into a home to apprehend the male suspect.  

Additional details about the investigation will be released as it becomes available. 


On Friday, November 1st, 2019 at approximately 10 p.m., the Riley County Police Department Emergency Dispatch center received multiple 911 calls concerning the sound of a gunshot in the 1400 block of Cambridge Place in Manhattan.

When officers arrived on scene, they found one victim suffering from a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound. A second person was injured, but is not believed to have been shot. Both victims were transported to Via Christi for treatment of their injuries.

Officers are still on scene, as this is an active investigation. No suspect has been arrested at this time.

If you have any information, please contact RCPD at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777. Using the Crime Stoppers service allows you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward up to $1,000.00.