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Shooting investigation results in Wichita officer’s suspension

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012, at 5 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Sep. 28, 2012, at 6:42 a.m.

The Wichita Police Department said Wednesday it has suspended an officer as a result of its criminal investigation into an incident where the officer fired shots on Sept. 4 near 2800 West Pawnee.

The officer was suspended Sept. 14, the department said in an email.

“The initial investigation revealed some concerns,” Police Chief Norman Williams said in the statement.

The suspended officer declined to comment Wednesday when reached by phone.

The officer has been involved in three different shooting incidents in his career, including the Sept. 4 incident, Williams said Wednesday when contacted by phone. Williams said he couldn’t discuss the other shootings the officer has been involved in.

The criminal investigation of the Sept. 4 incident will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office by the end of the week, the statement said.

According to an Eagle story after the incident, an officer fired several times after he said someone acting suspiciously appeared poised to shoot at him with a rifle or shotgun. The officer, a nine-year veteran, was parked in the 2800 block of West Pawnee while he filled out paperwork just before midnight, authorities said then.

The officer began firing in self-defense and retreated behind his patrol car, police said then. Investigators found no evidence that anyone fired at him.

On Wednesday, the police chief said that the department’s Professional Standards Bureau has begun an administrative investigation of the incident.

Based on department policy, police are not releasing any more information at this point, the release said.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com

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