WPD: Homeowner shoots, critically wounds intruder in SE Wichita

Homeowner shoots, critically wounds intruder
Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 9:13 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: A man remains hospitalized after being shot by a homeowner Monday night in southeast Wichita. It happened around 7 p.m. on east Wilma Street, near Harry and George Washington Blvd.

Police said a 40-year-old man was smashing windows at the home when he was shot by the homeowner. The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, told Eyewitness News he didn’t want to shoot but was defending himself.

“I was on the phone and I was telling the cops, this guy. Get here. Please get here. I don’t want to shoot this man. Please get here.”

The homeowner said the suspect started pounding on a neighbor’s house. When the homeowner told the man to stop, he came over and tried ramming his door with a post.

“Threw 2 bricks through my window and tried to crawl through in my window and told me he was going to kill me and kinds of other things. So, unfortunately, I had to shoot him.”

Officers found the 40-year-old suspect and rushed him to the hospital with critical injuries.

The homeowner said he hopes the man survives.

“I pray to God he survives and makes it through and gets the help he needs and doesn’t try to come back over here or the same result will happen.”

Police said they are not sure about charges at this moment, but the incident is still under investigation.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, Wichita Police Department officers were called to a shooting call in the 2500 block of E. Wilma.

A 911 caller said a male suspect was smashing the windows of his home. When officers arrived on scene, they located a 40-year-old male with a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

Officers learned that the 40-year-old male was smashing the windows of a home on Wilma when the homeowner fired shots, striking him. The investigation is ongoing.

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