Burglar dies after cutting his wrist while breaking into a Wichita house

A burglar in north Wichita apparently caused his death Sunday by slitting his wrist on a windowpane as he broke into the house, police said.

The 38-year-old man was apparently trying to break into a house in the 2100 block of North Park Place, said Lt. Ken Landwehr.

The homeowner was not home at the time. Police found blood on a door and on a side window. The dead man was found three blocks away, he said. Landwehr declined to release the man's name. He said police are classifying the death, for now, as a public accident.

Police dispatchers received an initial report at 6:12 a.m. today of a “cutting” involving a male victim.

“We are basically checking to see if we can find out who might have been with this guy,” Landwehr said. “There was a loss, some property is missing, but I don't want to say what yet.”

The man had a police record. “He's had some arrests, we have some history with this guy, although nothing about burglary,” Landwehr said.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but they are certain of the cause of death.

“Everything we've seen is consistent with the cut wound to the left wrist and that he bled out afterward. We don't know whether he was cut trying to get in the window or door. There is blood on both.”