It will be at least a week or more before officials announce whether force was used appropriately in response to the shooting death of Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Etheridge last month, officials said Tuesday.
Etheridge, 26, was mortally wounded just before noon on Sept. 28 at a house on Rock Road just east of McConnell Air Force Base. He died later that afternoon at Wesley Medical Center.
Richard Lyons, 27, was killed early that evening in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers in a field near the house where Etheridge was shot.
Investigators have said Lyons hid in the backyard of the house and shot Etheridge in the back with a rifle. Etheridge had been sent to the house to take a report on a theft — a theft investigators said never happened.
Lyons tried to shoot the deputy a second time, investigators said, but his rifle malfunctioned. He then took the deputy's gun and shot him in the leg.
The case related to the shooting was presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office on Monday by investigators.
Georgia Cole, a spokeswoman for the office, said in an e-mail that prosecutors are waiting for additional information from investigators and that she does not expect a ruling for at least a week or two.
The District Attorney's Office reviews every officer-involved shooting to see whether force was used appropriately in the incident.
Wichita police, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation handled different pieces of the investigation, authorities have said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a shooting incident team to Wichita from Washington, D.C., to review the shooting of Lyons. The ATF review happens any time bureau agents are involved in a shooting, authorities have said.
The ATF investigation into the shooting of Lyons is ongoing, according to Tom Atteberry, assistant special agent in charge of the Kansas City field office.
"It's a very, very thorough process," Atteberry said.