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Injured officer still critical, police say

Man suspected of running over officer charged with aggravated battery

Prosecutors charged the man suspected of running over Wichita police Officer Brian Arterburn during a pursuit with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. Justin F. Terrazas, 31, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court
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Prosecutors charged the man suspected of running over Wichita police Officer Brian Arterburn during a pursuit with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. Justin F. Terrazas, 31, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court

Injured Wichita police officer Brian Arterburn remains in critical condition, according to a Sunday morning statement from his department.

The statement from a Wichita Police Department spokeswoman was sent out at about 10:30 a.m. In a response to a Sunday morning question on its Facebook page, the department commented that Arterburn is “still fighting.”

A 25-year veteran of the force, Arterburn suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen and brain while being run over by a fleeing suspect in a stolen SUV on Tuesday.

Prosecutors have charged Justin F. Terrazas, 31, with aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer. Terrazas made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Friday.

Prosecutors charged the man suspected of running over Wichita police Officer Brian Arterburn during a pursuit with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. Justin F. Terrazas, 31, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court

Terrazas is also facing several other felony charges in relation to Tuesday’s events. In Kansas, a conviction of aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer carries the same penalty as an attempted first-degree murder conviction.

Police have said Arterburn was using a tire-deflation device when he was hit. The department said it has since suspended use of the tool.

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