Police: Man shot by officers refused to drop weapon, pointed gun

Police officers investigate a shooting in the 2300 block of West Graber. (Feb. 25, 2014)
Police officers investigate a shooting in the 2300 block of West Graber. (Feb. 25, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Wichita police officers responding to the report of a suicidal man who had fired a shot earlier Tuesday morning ended up shooting him several times after he refused numerous commands to drop his gun and then pointed it at them, authorities said Wednesday.

The 45-year-old man underwent surgery at a local hospital and is in critical condition, Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley said. He is expected to recover, however, and will be booked into the Sedgwick County Jail upon release from the hospital.

Officers were sent to 2303 W. Graber, just east of Meridian, shortly before noon on Tuesday to check on the welfare of a man who was suicidal, Mosley said. Officers were told he had fired a shot inside the house earlier that morning.

Five officers and a supervisor went into the house within two minutes of knocking on the front door of the house.

“They thought he might be injured and might need medical attention,” Mosley said.

They encountered the man lying on an L-shaped couch in the back of the living room, Capt. Brent Allred said. He was holding a handgun.

The man ignored numerous commands to let go of the gun, Mosley said, and then pointed it at the officers. Four officers fired shots, striking him several times.

Most of the man’s wounds are in the lower part of his body, Mosley said. He did not fire his gun at the officers.

The man has a wound to his head that is not serious, Allred said, but investigators do not know yet whether that was from a shot fired by an officer or was the result of the shot fired by the man earlier in the morning.

The man had fired a shot inside the house on Monday night as well, Mosley said.

The man’s 30-year-old wife was on the phone talking with a counselor when the officers arrived, Mosley said, but she ran outside before the confrontation escalated and was not hurt.

In accordance with department regulations, the four officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an independent review of the incident, Mosley said.

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