A suicidal man with a knife and trash-can lid for a shield was subdued by police using less lethal weapons over the weekend.
Wichita police Capt. Brian White said authorities received a call about a suspicious character in the 100 block of South Sedgwick at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
Two sergeants arrived at the scene, one armed with a bean-bag shotgun and the other with a 40 mm rifle with a foam round.
The 57-year-old man was making suicidal statements and became more agitated as police arrived, White said during the media briefing. The sergeant with the bean-bag shotgun – the less lethal of the two weapons – fired and struck the man with two bean-bag rounds before he dropped the knife and shield.
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He was taken into custody and to the hospital with minor injuries to the abdomen and bicep where the rounds struck him, White said. He received a psychiatric evaluation and is still in the hospital as of Tuesday morning.
The use of less lethal weapons such as bean-bag and foam rounds is part of the Wichita Police Department’s effort to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations with minimal injury and without the use of handguns. Currently, the department has 15 less lethal weapons, White said.