Police identify man killed in S. Wichita officer-involved shooting

WICHITA, Kan. The Wichita Police Department Tuesday identifies a 49-year-old man killed in Monday's officer-involved shooting in south Wichita as Robert Sabater, of Wichita.

The Wichita Police Department says the call began about 1:20 a.m. Monday with a report of shots fired.

Police say Sabater was shooting outside his home. They say he sporadically entered and exited his home while firing shots before running out and heading south, toward an officer.

Police say Sabater did not follow orders and ran north on Glenn. Officers found him at Dora and Glenn, armed with a handgun. Police say he pointed the gun at officers after they again told him to put the gun down.

Police say four WPD officers and five Sedgwick Couty Sheriff's deputies fired Sabater. The shots-fired report happened at 1:53 a.m., police say. Sabater died at the scene. They say officers involved have seven years, three years, two years and eight months' experience with the department.

"The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard departmental procedure during officer-involved shootings," the WPD says.

Police say the WPD, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting.

"The KBI assisted in the investigation to provide transparency and avoid conflicts of interest," the WPD says.

Neither the WPD nor sheriff's office discussed a possible motive in Sabater firing the shots, but Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter did touch on the issue of mental health and indicated it played a part in what happened Monday.

Police say officers fired a total of 56 rounds and Sabater fired at least 30.

Prior to Monday's shooting, police received two calls on Sunday from Sabater. Police checked and did not find anyone on these calls. Sabeter had a known history of mental-health issues and has several convictions for drug-related crimes.

The WPD and sheriff's office addressed the mental health component to the case and what they're doing to address it in the future.