WICHITA — Police have identified the man shot to death by a police officer at a southeast Wichita apartment late Friday night as Jerome Dixon.
Dixon was hit by multiple shots after he pointed a 9mm handgun at the officer and did not obey orders to drop the weapon, Police Chief Norman Williams said.
The amount of time between the time Dixon confronted the officer and the officer fired "was within seconds," Williams said.
Dixon was shot just before midnight on Friday and then taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m. Saturday.
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The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his weapon.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is leading an investigation into the shooting.
A preliminary investigation indicates the officer was justified in firing his gun, Williams said.
The same two officers had been to the apartment at 4818 E. New Jersey Drive, near the Kansas Turnpike and northeast of Oliver and 31st Street South, shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday checking on a report of loud arguing and a shot being fired.
They could not find the person who fired the shot, Williams said, so they left. Another call to 911 reported loud music from that address at 11:48 p.m. Friday.
When they returned to the address, one officer went to the front door while another took position next to a set of windows on the east side of the building, Williams said. From there, the officer could see and hear a woman talking with an unseen man.
Before the officer at the front could knock on the door, Dixon opened the door and started coming out, a silver handgun in his right hand down around his waist, Williams said.
The officer immediately commanded Dixon to drop the weapon, Williams said, and then repeated the order.
Instead, Dixon raised the gun and pointed it at the officer, who fired several shots as he retreated from the front door in search of cover, Williams said.
Dixon did not fire his gun, Williams said.
Dixon, who had felony convictions in two states — one of them Kansas — lived at the apartment with his girlfriend and their three children, said Lt. Ken Landwehr, who heads the homicide section of the police department.
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