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Burlington Coat Factory shooting suspect enters plea

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 1, 2013, at 4:19 p.m.

A Wichita man who opened fire inside the Burlington Coat Factory in east Wichita last summer pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated assault.

Jake L. Jacobs, 27, will be sentenced May 16.

Jacobs had been scheduled to stand trial Monday on four counts of aggravated assault, but prosecutors dropped two of the charges in a plea agreement.

Wichita police said at least 20 customers were inside the store on the morning of Aug. 13 when Jacobs took a Sprite from a refrigerated case and drank it. When the store guard asked whether he was going to pay for the pop, police said, Jacobs said no and pulled a gun from his waistband.

Police said Jacobs fired one shot at the guard that missed, then pointed the gun at three other people, who dove for cover. Wichita police officers who were responding to an “active shooter” call arrested Jacobs after a brief struggle inside the store.

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