Suspect shot, wounded after Wichita police chase

A Wichita police chase that started after a driver ignored a stop sign at 15th and Grove ended in nearby College Hill late Sunday with officers shooting and seriously wounding the man.

Tom Stolz, investigations chief for the Wichita Police Department, said the incident began at 10:15 p.m. when two officers on routine patrol saw a Chevy S-10 pickup run a stop sign.

When the officers tried to stop the pickup, the driver sped off, reaching 40 to 50 mph.

Stolz said that a dispatcher told the officers during the chase that the pickup was reported stolen in El Dorado.

After five minutes, Stolz said, the 24-year-old driver stopped in the 400 block of South Fountain, near Lewis, and got out of the pickup with a handgun.

"Both officers exited their vehicle and shots were fired," Stolz said. "The suspect has been struck multiple times and has been taken to Wesley Hospital in serious condition."

As of 7:30 a.m. today, the suspect was alive at Wesley.

Residents who live near the scene said they heard four shots.

Police officers at the hospital told Stolz they did not think the wounds were life threatening.

"We will be investigating through the night," Stolz said.

The officers involved in the chase and shooting are being interviewed through the department's investigations section. The suspect will also be interviewed, Stolz said.

More information is expected to be released at today's 10 a.m. police briefing.

"Anytime officers get into a vehicle chase, it is not a normal circumstance," Stolz said. "Anytime a person gets out of a vehicle with a handgun, officers are on more alert. At this point, at first blush, it feels they were in jeopardy and took action."

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