Wichita police identify suspect in officer-involved shooting at Whole Foods

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 8:50 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Tuesday afternoon update: Wichita police have identified a woman shot by police Monday night at Whole Foods as 31-year-old Danielle Robinson of Salina.

Capt. Jason Stephens with the Wichita Police Department’s Persons Crime Unit said they received a disturbance with a weapon call around 8:15 p.m. on Monday from Whole Foods, located near the corner of 13th & Webb. Both a private security officer and the store manager called to report a woman wearing black clothing, acting paranoid, walking in and out of the store, drinking alcohol at times and brandishing a gun. She was also seen pointing a gun at store windows and into the parking lot.

Stephens said two officers arrived and found the woman at the front door with a gun in her hand. The woman pointed the gun in the officers’ direction, he said. Stephens said the officers gave multiple commands for the woman to drop the gun and put it down. They also identified themselves as WPD. Stephens said the woman went back into the store. As the officers approached, the woman fired one shot and each officer returned fire, firing six shots and striking the woman.

Stephens said first aid was rendered to stop the bleeding. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She has since been released and taken into police custody.

Stephens said there were 10-15 employees and customers in Whole Foods at the time of the incident. They were evacuated to a backroom area while the officers were en route. No one other than Robinson was injured.

Stephens said Robinson has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and robbery. Stephens said Robinson is accused of pointing a gun at three people and demanding car keys from one of them while pointing the gun. There were also reports that she may have been in the area earlier in the day trying to solicit a ride. Stephens said the gun in Robinson’s possession had not been reported stolen.

Stephens said it is unknown if mental health issues played a role in Monday night’s incident, but he said detectives will be looking into whether drug use was a factor. He said the investigation is ongoing and surveillance video from other businesses will be used to figure out what led up to the shooting.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. One officer is a 19-year veteran with the police department while the other officer has been on the force for eight years.

Monday night Update: Wichita police said an armed woman was shot and injured after officers fired when a call escalated at the Whole Foods store at the corner of 13th and Webb Road, in east Wichita.

Police said this began about 8:30 p.m. as a suspicious character call at the store. When officers arrived, they found a woman crouched down in front of the store, armed with a handgun. Officers came around the side of the store and the woman tried to go into the store with the gun and this became an active shooter response. A WPD supervisor on the scene said two officers fired at the woman. They say her injuries were serious, but she’s expected to survive. Police described the woman as being in her 30s, but have not identified her.

No officers nor anyone else in or near the store was injured, police said.

As is standard procedure with officer-involved shootings, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating what happened Monday night. Police said the KBI was interviewing the officers involved. As of late Monday night, police said it hasn’t yet been confirmed whether the woman exchanged fire with police or if officers were the only ones that fired.

People inside the store said a manager helped to get employees to safety before shots rang out. A witness said the manage moved workers into a safe room and locked the door. Late Monday night, Whole Foods confirmed the east Wichita store will be closed Tuesday. The company issued the following statement, attributed to a Whole Foods Market spokesperson:

“This was a deeply troubling event and we are grateful for the safety of our Team Members and customers. We are cooperating with the investigation and are focused on supporting our Team Members in the days ahead.”

One person has been injured after a reported officer-involved shooting at Whole Foods, at the corner of 13th and Webb Road in east Wichita. On the call, made about 8:30 p.m., police responded to a disturbance in which a person had a gun.

We know police have secured the scene and that the armed person was shot. Eyewitness News has a crew on the scene to gather further information on what led up to the disturbance and the shooting. A witness said a woman involved in the disturbance was walking around the store, asking for money and rides, etc..., so the police were called. The witness said the woman was armed.

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