Police chase in SE Wichita leads to officer-involved shooting, suspect injured
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wednesday afternoon Update: The Wichita Police Department released more details Wednesday on an officer-involved shooting that left the suspect injured.
Police said around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a WPD officer was patrolling his beat in the area of 4200 block of East Boston. The officer observed a black Chevy Tahoe traveling East on Boston, driven by a 38-year-old man. After the driver saw the officer, he spun the tires of his vehicle, accelerated, and began driving erratically in an attempt to avoid the officer.
The officer realized the SUV was the same vehicle that had been involved in other incidents over the weekend including a chase on Saturday with the Mulvane Police Department where four shots were fired at officers and a short chase with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday. Police said the suspect was been involved in a chase with WPD in 2012 where shots were fired at officers. He also had previous felony convictions and is currently on parole through the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Police said the Wichita police officer activated his lights and sirens in the 4400 block of E. Harry to stop the vehicle. The man refused to stop, accelerated and fled from the officer. The pursuit continued for about seven minutes until the suspect drove off-road and into backyards, stopping next to a home in the 4400 block of East Bayley.
Police said the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired toward officers, striking a nearby home. Five WPD officers returned fire, striking the suspect. Officers used a tourniquet to stop his leg from bleeding. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said the suspect was the only person in the Tahoe at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt.
Five Wichita police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings. Their tenure with the police department ranges from nine months to seven years.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.
What started as a police pursuit late Tuesday night in southeast Wichita ended with an officer-involved shooting and a man who led police on the chase going to a local hospital. That man, identified as a suspect in this case, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The end of the chase and the officer-involved shooting happened in the area of Bayley and Terrace, west of Lincoln and Oliver. Police said the suspect vehicle spun out, after which the suspect who was driving that vehicle started shooting at Wichita police officers. Officers fired back, wounding the man. Officers treated him at the scene, applying a tourniquet before EMS arrived and transported him to Wesley Medical Center. No officers were injured on the call.
Police said the man wounded on the late-Tuesday-night call was wanted in connection with a prior pursuit that happened Saturday in Mulvane, in which he shot at responding officers before fleeing the scene. Surrounding agencies in the area received information on the suspect vehicle from that case, which led to the events that unfolded late Tuesday night.
Earlier Monday night, police said a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect’s car near 13th and Maize Road in west Wichita. The sheriff’s office was involved in a brief chase that was called off due to snow and ice on the roads. Wichita police later spotted the car in southeast Wichita, leading to the chase that ended with the shooting.
Police have not identified the suspect they describe as a man in his mid 30s. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will investigate the shooting.
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