Wichita Police arrest third suspect in officer-involved shooting, robbery, chase

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Thursday, September 12, 2019

Scene at 21st and Amidon

Wichita police arrest 26-year-old James Stanford of Newton on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery, flee and elude, and theft.

Stanford was booked into the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility Thursday after being released from the hospital.

He was identified as the driver in a stolen white Jeep Wrangler where the driver attempted to run over a Wichita police officer at the McDonald’s located in the 2200 block of N. Amidon on Tuesday.

Stanford wrecked the vehicle in the 3000 block of N. Halstead and ran from the scene. He was later arrested in the area of E. 29th St. North and N. Meridian Ave.

Stanford is the last suspect to be arrested in this case.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

5:36 p.m.

Wichita police say they've made a second arrest in an officer-involved shooting and chase that happened Tuesday morning.

They say 30-year-old Zachary Ausdemore was released from the hospital on Wednesday and arrested for aggravated robbery and an outstanding warrant out of Nebraska.

He was identified as the passenger in a stolen white Jeep Wrangler where the driver tried to run over a WPD officer at the McDonald’s located in the 2200 block of N. Amidon.

After the vehicle wrecked, Ausdemore ran to the 2400 block of W. Stauffer where he robbed an elderly couple of their Honda CR-V.

He led officers on a lengthy vehicle pursuit, which ended in the area of 167th Street West and K-42. Ausdemore was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.


1:03 p.m.

Wichita police release more details about an officer-involved shooting that ended with two suspects injured.

Officer Paul Cruz said the shooting occurred Tuesday morning when an officer tried to apprehend three people inside a stolen 1998 white Jeep.

The Jeep's owner reported the vehicle stolen around 8 a.m. from the 1400 block of W. Murdock.

Around 10:26 a.m., the owner called 911 after locating the vehicle in a McDonald's drive-thru near 21st and Amidon.

An officer arrived and confronted the suspects inside the stolen Jeep. Cruz says that's when the driver tried to run over the officer, and the officer fired his handgun multiple times.

The suspects then drove into the 3000 block of N. Halstead and crashed the Jeep. Police arrested 30-year-old Daphne Hays. She's been booked into the Sedgwick County jail for being a fugitive from justice and interference with a law enforcement officer/obstruction.

Cruz said the two men inside the Jeep ran from the scene.

One of the men ran into the 2400 block of W. Stauffer where he carjacked an elderly couple of their 1998 Honda CR-V. Cruz said he threatened the couple and demanded their keys. He then headed down I-235 and led officers on a chase that ended at 167th and K-42 when the SUV crashed into a shallow pond.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputies arrested that man. Cruz said he was taken to the hospital to be treated to a gunshot wound to the arm.

Later in the day, police arrested the third suspect, a 26-year-old man. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both of the men remain hospitalized.

Cruz said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. The officer has been with the department for a year and eights months, including time served as a city security officer.

Cruz said a BB gun was found. Investigators are working to determine whether it played a role in the case.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

3:16 p.m.

The Wichita Police Department says officers found and arrested the third and final suspect sought in connection with a Tuesday morning carjacking, chase and shooting.

Police says officers located the 27-year-old man near 29th and Meridian Tuesday afternoon. He had a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to the hospital for treatment.


12:47 p.m.

Wichita police say two people are in custody and one is still on the loose following a morning chase and shooting.

Around 10:26 a.m. on Tuesday, officers were dispatched to 21st St. N. and Amidon to check for a stolen 1999 white Jeep SAW.

Police say the vehicle's owner reported it stolen around 8 a.m. then followed the vehicle, along with a family member, to the McDonald's located at 2200 block of North Amidon.

Officers responded while the Jeep was in the drive-thru and tried to take the three occupants into custody, but the driver accelerated and attempted to run over the officer.

The officer fired his handgun several times at the vehicle which drove around the building and rear-ended a white Buick Century. A 72-year-old woman who was inside was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The suspects continued north on Amidon and crashed the Jeep into a tree in the 3000 block of N. Halstead. A 30-year-old woman was taken into police custody, but two men got away.

Police say one of the men, a 30-year-old, ran into the 2400 block of W. Stauffer where he threatened an elderly couple and demanded the keys to their 1998 Honda CR-V. The man took the vehicle, and the couple was not hurt.

Police say Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputies located that vehicle at I-235 and 25th. They tried to stop it, but the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued to 167th and K-42 where the SUV crashed into a pond.

Deputies arrested the 30-year-old man without incident. He had an injury to his arm.

Police say, at one point, a BB gun was thrown from one of the stolen vehicles. It has been recovered.

Haysville Police, the Sumner County Sheriff's Office, and the Kansas Highway Patrol also assisted in the investigation.

Wichita Public Schools says a "lockout" at four schools located near 21st and Amidon has been lifted.

11:45 a.m.

There are multiple crime scenes in west Wichita following a chase and shooting involving Wichita police officers.

The initial call came in near 21st and Amidon where police reported chasing a stolen vehicle. From there officers were dispatched to two other locations including 29th and Halstead and 167th and West K-42 where the chase ended.

Officers have been dispatched to all of the locations to collect evidence and continue their search for suspects.

Reports are that at least one person is in police custody with a gunshot wound.

Wichita police have set up a staging area in the parking lot of Dillon’s, 1910 W. 21st N. We hope to learn soon about what lead up to this incident.

11:08 a.m.

Wichita Public Schools now says four schools are on "lockout" while Wichita police work a chase and shooting near 21st and Amidon.

The district says those four schools are: Cloud Elementary School, McLean Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School and Pleasant Valley Middle School


Several officers have responded to a "shots fired" call near 21st and Amidon.

Reports are that the incident involves a chase with a stolen vehicle, and shots exchanged between the suspect and police.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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