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Man shot by officer in January shoot-out booked into jail after release from hospital

  • Published Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 2:31 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.

A 31-year-old felon who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a Wichita police officer last month has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail following his release from a local hospital.

Aaron Belcher was hit three times by bullets after he turned and fired at an officer in the backyard of a house in the 2500 block of West Dallas shortly after 11 p.m. on Jan. 13, police have said. The shooting near 31st South and Meridian was the culmination of a manhunt that began several hours earlier when officers tried to pull over a stolen car linked to Belcher, who was wanted on a federal warrant.

The Camaro sped away from the attempted traffic stop at Mount Vernon and Water, with the ensuing chase reaching speeds of 90 to 100 miles an hour. Officers lost the car after several minutes, later finding it abandoned in the 2500 block of West Dallas.

A search of the surrounding area proved fruitless, but a few hours later, a 64-year-old woman heard a noise at her back door and saw a man on her back porch when she went to check it out, police have said. She called a family member to report it, and her daughter and son-in-law came over to investigate.

They spotted a man hiding in a shed in the backyard, police have said. At about that same time, the woman who lives at the house called 911 to report a burglary in progress.

Two officers who were assisting a crime scene investigation team gathering evidence from the stolen Camaro three houses down the block responded to the scene and saw the suspect running through the backyard, police have said. One officer followed the suspect, while the other ran around to the front of the garage in an attempt to cut him off.

When the first officer came around the corner of the garage, the suspect turned and fired at him. The officer fired several times in response, hitting Belcher three times.

Upon his release from Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Belcher was booked into jail on numerous alleged charges, including attempted first-degree murder, burglary and theft. He was assigned to the jail medical clinic, according to the jail booking log.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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