Haysville police chief: Man killed was holding bleeding woman hostage with knife

08/20/2014 1:09 PM

08/20/2014 6:23 PM

Three Haysville police officers responding to the report of an active domestic violence incident in a ground-floor apartment at Village Green Apartments on Tuesday came upon a suspect barricaded in a bedroom, holding a woman at knife point, Haysville police said Wednesday.

The woman was bleeding from several cuts as officers arrived shortly after 10:45 a.m. to Building F of the apartment complex at 401 Sarah Lane, Haysville Police Chief Jeff Whitfield said in a statement.

When the armed man – identified by police as 40-year-old Chad A. Leichhardt – refused numerous commands to drop the knife and continued to threaten the woman, one of the officers fired a single shot, killing him.

The woman was taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment of her wounds and later released, Whitfield said. The couple was involved in at least two previous cases of domestic violence in Haysville, he said.

In accordance with Haysville police policy, the three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, Whitfield said.

An upstairs neighbor on Tuesday said he had heard fighting inside the apartment recently and saw the woman crying while she was outside earlier this week.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Leichhardt was released from parole last Thursday after being incarcerated on a theft conviction. He also had convictions in Sumner and Sedgwick counties for drug possession, driving under the influence, aggravated burglary, terroristic threat and attempting to flee or elude law enforcement.

He escaped from work release while he was an inmate at Hutchinson Correctional Facility last October, but was found and arrested a few days later in Oklahoma.

Leichhardt was also linked to a petty theft incident on July 26 in Wichita.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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