SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. A hectic series of events in west Wichita Tuesday afternoon
included a chase, vehicle thefts and officer-involved shooting. It concluded with one suspect arrested and two others taken to a local hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Caught in the middle of it all was a Wichita couple who had their car stolen by one of the suspects, now out of the hospital and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.
Police say two men ditched a stolen jeep in southwest Sedgwick County after crashing it into a tree. This led one of them -- a man later identified as 30-year-old Zachary Ausdemore --- to the couple's front porch.
Carl and Joan Chance say Ausdemore showed up at their door, covered in blood, demanding keys and a phone. Now, the couple is without a car.
"I could tell there was something terribly wrong because right away, he looked at me in the eye and I saw blood all over his body," Carl says. "He was getting in a disagreement with (my wife) because he wanted keys. He said, 'I want your keys and I want them now.'"
Joan Chance says she handed Ausdemore her phone and "immediately, he became hostile."
"He said, 'give me your keys or I'm going to kill you,''' Joan says. "I looked at him and said, 'No you're not.'"
Prior to the Chance's encounter with Ausdemore, a chase began at the McDonald's restaurant on at 21st and Amidon following the report of a stolen jeep.
Wichita police tried to arrest three people inside the jeep and police say the driver tried to run an officer over. That's when the officer fired his gun, wounding two people inside the jeep.
The jeep took off through the restaurant's drive thru and the three suspects (one woman and two men) ditched the jeep a short time later, following a crash.
After Ausdemore stole the Chances Honda CRV, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office got involved with the case and deputies followed the stolen Honda to 167th and K-42. Ausdemore drove into a field where the Honda got stuck in a pond. At this point, he surrendered.
Wednesday, police say Ausdemore is out of a Wichita hospital and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail. Two of the three suspects are now in jail. As of Wednesday evening, the third remains in a local hospital,