WICHITA — The man fired upon by a Wichita police officer in north Wichita Tuesday night refused numerous commands to pull his hands out of his pockets and halt his charge toward the officer, authorities said today.
The officer fired once at the 23-year-old suspect in the backyard of a residence in the 2300 block of North Poplar following an extensive chase that began on North Hydraulic, Lt. Ken Landwehr said.
Officers responded to a report of a disturbance with a weapon shortly after 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Hydraulic, he said. As the officers arrived, a dark SUV sped away from the location.
A chase ensued, extending through northeast Wichita until the SUV jumped a curb and struck a tree at the corner of 24th Street North and Hillside.
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Several men fled from the SUV — one to the southwest toward Derrick, Landwehr said. The officer ran after him, and as other officers closed in on the area, the suspect doubled back and ran aggressively toward the officer.
The suspect surrendered quickly after the shot was fired, Landwehr said. The bullet struck a fence post in the backyard of the residence.
A second man who bailed from the SUV was also arrested, and Landwehr said police are looking for as many as three other men in connection with the incident.
Landwehr said he didn't know how long the officer had been with the department, or whether he had been placed on administrative leave while the shooting incident is reviewed.
The officer is currently on days off, Landwehr said.