Police make arrest after shots fired, chase in W. Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update:

Police identify the man accused of shooting at officers and leading them on a chase as 21-year-old Elijah Martinez.

A Kansas Department of Corrections search shows Martinez has past convictions for burglary in crimes committed in October 2013.

Eyewitness News obtained documents that show Martinez was also tied to a burglary at the end of October (2017) where multiple weapons were stolen.

Wednesday night, Eyewitness News also spoke with the owner of the business where police confronted Martinez.


Wichita police took a suspect into custody after a high-speed pursuit in west Wichita Wednesday morning.

Dispatchers got the call just before 10 a.m. of an officer in trouble on Gilda Sreet, near Interstate 235 and Central. They say a male suspect fired multiple shots in the business and in the parking lot before leading police on a chase.

During a Wednesday afternoon briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said officers encountered two suspects, one man and one woman. The woman was taken into custody at the business on Gilda without incident.

At that scene, Livingston says officers returned fire at the man who shot at officers. The man was wounded in the lower jaw. Injured, police say he drove a stolen truck from the business in the 700 block of North Gilda Street, leading officers on the chase. Livingston did not identify the name of the business where the chase began.

During the chase, Livingston says it's believed the man fleeing from police shot at an officer at Central and I-235 and steered toward an officer attempting to deploy stop sticks at Maple and Meridian.

This chase came to an end when the suspect crashed the stolen truck at the northwest corner of Maple and Maize Road. Livingston says a police K-9 helped officers take the man into custody.

The man, identified as the suspect in this case, was taken to Via Christi St. Francis to be treated for injuries Livingston says were not life-threatening. That man (Martinez) is in fair condition at the hospital, the deputy chief says.

He says veteran officers responded to the initial scene on Gilda. Per policy, he says a couple officers will be placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation since this was an officer-involved shooting.

The KBI will assist in this investigation, Livingston says.

Livingston did not identify the man shot by police as he has several charges pending prior to the Wednesday morning chase. He says the man has a criminal record and police are waiting to interview him before the department releases further information.

Prior to the police response, Livingston says a resident saw mail being stolen and followed the suspects to the business on Gilda.

Eyewitness Gale Calkins says during the chase, the stolen truck hit railroad ties and crashed into a fence on his property.

“I was in the garage working and I heard a big bang. I live at the intersection where cars run the stop sign all the time so I ran out to look and just about the time I got over to open up the gate, I heard shots fired and a police car chasing a silver pickup truck and he hit my railroad ties back out in the street and crashed into my fence and they were still heading back this way," Calkins says.