Pratt man shot by officer remains in critical condition

Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 6:40 PM CST
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5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

A man remains in critical condition at a Wichita hospital after a police officer shot him in Pratt Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. 281, which turns in to Pratt's Main Street, reopened Wednesday afternoon.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says when officers responded to a home in Pratt, 38-year-old Rene Prieto waved a gun and fired shots at officers.

Three officers returned fire at Prieto. No officers were injured.

Wednesday morning, Eyewitness News spoke with Prieto's neighbors who say they're shocked by what happened. They say they don't understand why Prieto was outside waving a gun Tuesday afternoon.

"He's a family man. I just don't understand what happened," neighbor Sarah Ibarra says.

Ibarra says she was heading to work Tuesday a little before 4 p.m. when she saw police across the street. She realized the officers were at Prieto's home, but couldn't tell what happened.

"I just don't understand what happened. I don't want to think the worst," she says. "I don't want to listen to social media, but the information we're getting is very hard to take in because that's not the picture I have of (Prieto.)"

Neighbors say Prieto and his family are known to be calm and involved in church. From what she's experienced with the family, one neighbor describes Prieto as "an awesome dad."


8:30 a.m.

U.S. 281 is still closed in Pratt's city limits due to police activity in that area.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says passenger cars and conventional semis can follow a marked detour using local streets.

Superloads and oversized loads will have to be approved for alternate routes as the detour cannot accommodate these loads.

No word on when the road will be back open.

9:50 p.m.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a man is in critical condition following an officer-involved shooting in Pratt.

The KBI says around 3:45 p.m., the Pratt Police Department received a call reporting a man on the street who was waving a gun.

Officers responded to the 512 N. Main St. in Pratt and found an armed man outside the residence. He was later identified as Rene Prieto, 38, of Pratt.

The KBI says as officers approached Prieto, he fired at one of the officers. Three officers returned fire and struck Prieto. Officers secured Prieto and the scene, and called EMS.

Prieto was taken to a Wichita hospital and is currently in critical condition.

The KBI says no officers were hurt.

The KBI will investigate the shooting and turn its findings over to the Pratt County Attorney for review once the investigation is complete.


7:30 p.m.

The KBI has responded to an officer-involved shooting in Pratt.

The shooting happened at 512 N Main St. just before 4 p.m.

The KBI says no officers were hurt.

A man was taken to the hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

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Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Tuesday, November 13, 2018


The KBI is responding to an investigation in Pratt.

The local fire department posted on its Facebook about a situation saying North Main Street is closed due to the "unknown situation."

The Kansas Highway Patrol says they are not investigating the incident, but they are providing perimeter in the case.

Viewers are telling us they've seen police activity in the 400 and 500 blocks of North Main Street.

Braxton Jones is headed to the scene.

We'll have updates on this situation on Eyewitness News at 9 and 10 and on