A Wichita police officer responding to a 911 report of a "suicidal individual" shot and killed a man in southeast Wichita after the man ran at officers with a weapon, police said Friday afternoon.
Wichita Deputy Police Chief Nelson Mosley gave this account from the scene:
At 1:09 p.m., 911 received a call about a “suicidal individual” in the 7800 block of East Clay, northwest of Lincoln and Rock Road.
Two officers responding to the call got out of the car and started up the yard of the house. Officers saw a man running out through the front screen door with a weapon in his hand.
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One officer tried to stun the man with a Taser, with no effect.
As the officers were backing up, the man continued at them. The same officer shot the man with a gun.
Mosley wouldn’t say what the weapon was or the number of shots fired.
The man was taken to Wesley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Mosley said.
Mosley did not name the man, but two family members at the scene, Cassious and Kyre Randolph, identified him as 26-year-old Icarus Randolph.
On Friday afternoon, police blocked off the pretty street of small ranch houses as they investigated. A number of people drove slowly past the knots of neighbors gathered at each end asking what happened. Some knew the family and shook their heads.
Cassious and Kyre Randolph drove up, anxious and upset. They said they had a feeling when they saw the police cars that something bad had happened to their cousin.
Cassious Randolph said his cousin was a decent man. He said Icarus Randolph had served in the U.S. Marines in Iraq but had struggled since returning home a few years ago.
Police on Friday continued to investigate the incident. Both officers involved have been placed on leave during the investigation and will be evaluated for stress by a critical incident team.