Homeless man arrested after he tries to pull butcher knife on police officer

A homeless man was arrested Monday night when he became agitated and tried to pull a knife on a police officer in west Wichita, officials said.

The officer was responding to a report of a suspicious character in the 400 block of North Gordon, just northwest of Second and Meridian, shortly before 9 p.m., police Lt. Joe Schroeder said. The officer spotted a man matching the description given and stopped to talk to him.

The 28-year-old man became agitated with the officer for stopping him and was uncooperative. The man refused to comply with the officer’s orders, then bent over and pulled a butcher knife from his clothing, a police report states. Recognizing what the man was doing, the officer used his stun gun before the man could get into position to threaten him with it, Schroeder said.

The man was subdued and arrested. He is considered a suspect in the burglary of a house in the same area, police reports indicate, and the knife produced in the confrontation with the officer matches the description of a knife stolen from the house.

Schroeder credited the officer for his quick thinking and response to resolve the situation “before it really went south.”