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Man shot by police pointed gun at officers, officials say

WICHITA — Wichita police officers saw a man they were chasing turn and level a handgun at them before one of them opened fire late Sunday night, hitting the man three times, officials said today.

The 24-year-old man, whom officials later learned is a documented gang member who had been released from prison in July, is recovering after surgery at a local hospital, Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said.

He is in fair condition today at Wesley Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"One officer fired mulitple rounds" in the 400 block of South Fountain at about 10:20 p.m. at the suspect, who had run into the residential area before turning around in a driveway, Stolz said.

Officials gave this account of the incident:

Two officers on routine patrol were behind a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup when it attempted to turn left suddenly at 13th and Grove just before 10:15 p.m.

A patrol car coming south into the intersection had to stop to allow the pickup to complete its turn.

The officers behind the S-10 began following the vehicle, which turned north on Spruce. Because the S-10 had defective lights, the trailing officers decided to pull the vehicle over.

When they flipped on their flashing lights, however, the S-10 sped away. A chase ensued, reaching speeds of up to 60 miles an hour.

The pickup ran several stop signs and red lights during the chase, which included numerous turns. The suspect then turned into the 400 block of South Fountain, which dead-ends against Kellogg.

The suspect then got out of the pickup and ran into the surrounding residential area before turning around in the driveway.

During the chase, officers learned the S-10 had been stolen earlier Sunday in El Dorado. It's not clear if the man shot Sunday night was the person who stole the vehicle or if he got it from someone else, Stolz said.

The shooting victim has an extensive criminal history, Stolz said, and was convicted in 2008 of aggravated battery.

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