Police use Taser to subdue armed man in north Wichita

Police used a Taser to subdue a heavily armed 25-year-old man behind a church in north Wichita early Saturday evening.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired in the 1400 block of North Pinecrest at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday spotted the man hiding next to an air conditioner behind the Ephesians Church of God in Christ at 1404 N. Pinecrest, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

He had a shotgun leaning against the air conditioner and a handgun a few feet from him on the ground, Nolte said. The man did not comply with several commands to surrender, perhaps because he appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

One officer was able to maintain cover yet draw close enough to deploy his Taser, temporarily disabling the armed man so he could be taken into custody. Once he was subdued, officers found a third gun tucked in the waistband of the man’s pants, Nolte said.

Further investigation revealed the man had been in an argument with his 24-year-old girlfriend and fired a shotgun blast into a sidewalk in the 1400 block of Old Manor. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on a series of alleged offenses, Nolte said.