Man dead after standoff at S. Wichita apartment complex
Police say a 56-year-old Fred Burton is dead after an early morning standoff at a south Wichita apartment complex.
Officers responded just before 2 a.m. for a report of an explosion at the MacArthur’s Lake Apartments in the 700 block of west MacArthur.
When officers arrived, they encountered a man firing weapons from his apartment.
"We know there was well over 30 shots fired by the subject. Into other apartments as well," Police Chief Gordon Ramsey said.
Police called in SWAT assistance to help evacuate people living in nearby buildings. Others were told via text message from the apartment manager to shelter in place.
"I saw some people leaning on my vehicle and I wanted to make sure something wasn't wrong," Desarai Craytor said.
Around 6 a.m., the man (Burton) started shooting at police. Two officers returned fire, striking and killing him.
Ramsey said bullets came very close to striking at least one officer. No one was hurt.
Police say Burton was experiencing some sort of mental crisis. His family told officers that they were trying to get him help with no success.
"Very fortunate that no officers were hit. It's my understanding that a bullet came very close to one officer--like within an inch. We did use armored vehicles because of the shooting and--ultimately--those armored vehicles probably saved an officers life," Ramsey said.
Most people who live at the apartment complex are now allowed to go back inside. A handful of people who live in the apartments affected by gunfire are displaced for now. Police say the Salvation Army was called in to assist those affected.
Police moved a group of people from their apartments to an area further back in the MacArthur's Lakes apartment complex. Those people are allowed to exit the complex if they can get to their vehicle safely.
Officers blocking the entrance to the complex off of south MacArthur are not allowing anyone to drive in. Wichita Police are telling people trying to access the complex that it may take a while before they are able to do so.
Wichita Police officers and other emergency crews are responding to an apartment complex early Thursday morning.
Sedgwick County dispatchers say the incident started just before 2 a.m. at MacArthur’s Lake Apartments in the 700 block of west MacArthur.
Dispatchers say there are no calls for EMS for the apartments at this time.
Katie Johnston is on the scene gathering more information about this incident. Stick with KWCH 12 as we bring you the latest information.
UPDATE: Crime scene tape now surrounds one of the apartment buildings and a courtyard inside the complex. Several LEO entering and exiting the complex.— Katie Johnston (@KWCHKatie) May 23, 2019
About 30 minutes ago we saw the two ambulances on scene leave without loading anyone in. @KWCH12 pic.twitter.com/KVQ1IkNsuu