Man says he was shot during robbery; police skeptical

A man who walked into a Wichita hospital Monday night told police he was shot as two men, at least one of them armed, tried to rob him in north Wichita, but officers doubt his story, a police official said Tuesday.

Authorities are still investigating, but Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said the department is “highly skeptical” of the man’s report of the shooting.

“We’re investigating the veracity of his comments, but it doesn’t make sense,” Nolte said.

The man, 35, arrived at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday with a gunshot wound to his left hand, according to a police report. He told police he was attacked by two men while walking home from a gas station near 30th and Arkansas, Nolte said. The pair reportedly demanded money while pointing a revolver at the 35-year-old’s chest.

The man told police when he grabbed for the gun, it discharged and a bullet hit his left hand, according to the report.

Officers investigated but “could not find a scene” in the area, Nolte said Tuesday morning.