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Police helicopter aids in arrest after shooting

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 12:29 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 3:10 p.m.

A woman who was shot at outside the Spotlight club at about 2 a.m. on Sunday chased the gunman in her car, a chase that was taken up with a police helicopter and ended with the gunman’s arrest, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said Monday.

The shooting occurred outside the club in the 1700 block of East Morris, Nolte said. The gunman, a documented gang member, fired at least two shots at the woman as she left the club. She was not hit but her car was, Nolte said.

The gunman ran and sped off in a car. The woman chased him and called police.

Officers went to the scene, but also contacted their police helicopter, which spotted the cars going down a street. At that point, police – still on the phone with the woman victim – told her to stop chasing the car, a Cadillac.

The car crashed into a tree at Kellogg Drive and Clifton. The driver got out and ran, but the helicopter followed, keeping him in sight. He was arrested in the 400 block of South Roosevelt, Nolte said.

Officers at the scene of the shooting found spent shell casings. Officers who retraced the gunman’s route found a gun that had apparently been thrown from the gunman’s car, Nolte said.

The weapon turned out to be a stolen gun from another police case, Nolte said. The gunman was a felon, Nolte said.

The gunman was booked in the Sedgwick County Jail on multiple counts, including felony possession of a firearm, Nolte said.

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