Wichita man shoots thief attempting to steal catalytic converter

Wichita police say a homeowner shot a man early Thursday morning (3/10/22) as he was...
Wichita police say a homeowner shot a man early Thursday morning (3/10/22) as he was burglarizing the homeowner's vehicle.(KWCH)
Published: Mar. 10, 2022 at 10:15 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita Police officers responded to a shooting around 3:30 Thursday morning in the 400 block of S Walnut after multiple 911 callers reported hearing gunshots in the area. Another caller reported a suspect breaking into the caller’s car armed with a knife before being shot by the caller’s husband.

Officers found a 41-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at the scene. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers contacted a 29-year-old man who reported hearing noises outside his house and seeing the 41-year-old underneath his truck. The 29-year-old said he retrieved a handgun and approached the suspect, who got up from under the truck with what the resident reported to be a cordless saw. The resident said he shot the 41-year-old man after the suspect approached him. Police say it appears the suspect was trying to take the catalytic convertor.

Police say the suspect was shot once in the lower body. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, he remains hospitalized. The investigation is ongoing.

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