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Hutchinson man arrested after firing shotgun toward police officers

A Hutchinson man who fired a shotgun in the direction of police officers was arrested early Wednesday morning, said Hutchinson police Capt. Troy Hoover.

Officers were dispatched to a house in the 900 block of East Avenue C around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, where a man reported that his 23-year-old son was threatening him. The suspect fled on foot before officers arrived.

Around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, the man called again, saying his son had returned, Hoover said. Officers returned to search through the house but couldn’t get into the garage, as it was locked from the inside, Hoover said.

The father took officers around the outside of the house, and when he opened the garage door, his son “was standing there with a shotgun pointed at our officers,” Hoover said.

The officers then retreated and secured the area, Hoover said. The suspect pulled the garage door back down as officers were retreating.

“Officers made several attempts to speak with the suspect; however, the suspect was agitated and remained that way throughout this incident,” Hoover said in a news release.

The man then shot a hole through the garage door large enough to place his shotgun in it, firing several times near police officers over the course of the next two or three hours, Hoover said.

He then pointed his shotgun directly at officers, prompting an officer to shoot him in the hand through the hole in the garage, Hoover said.

The man then opened the garage door and came out unarmed. He was transported to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the fingers on his right hand.

He underwent surgery Wednesday and is in the intensive care unit of the hospital, Hoover said Wednesday. The injuries are not life threatening, he said.

The man is under arrest and officers plan to transport him to the Reno County Jail once he is discharged from the hospital, Hoover said.

Hoover said the man is expected to be charged with 15 counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of aggravated assault on his father. No police officers were injured in the incident.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

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