Crime & Courts

Parolee shot by police makes court appearance

WICHITA — A parolee who was shot Sunday after allegedly pointing a gun at two police officers who had tried to stop the stolen pickup he was driving was charged today with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

Kenneth R. Junious, 24, also was charged with theft, criminal possession of a firearm, and two counts of eluding police.

Junious, who appeared to be wearing a sling when he made a brief court appearance over closed-circuit television, was released from Wesley Medical Center after undergoing surgery.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show that Junious was paroled from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility on July 13 after serving time for a 2008 aggravated battery conviction.

He also has a 2004 conviction for criminal possession of a firearm and a 2005 conviction for aggravated escape from custody, prison records show.

Wichita police said Junious was shot three times after a chase that began around 10:15 p.m. Sunday when two officers tried to stop a Chevy S-10 pickup near 13th and Grove.

Police said the pickup, which had been reported stolen in El Dorado, ran several stop signs and red lights as it sped through east Wichita. It finally stopped at a dead end in the 400 block of South Fountain.

As he got out of the truck, police officials said, Junious leveled a handgun at the officers. One officer opened fire.

During the court hearing, District Judge Ben Burgess set Junious' bond at $15,000 and ordered him to return to court for preliminary hearing on Sept. 29. Burgess ordered the defendant to have no contact with the two officers he is accused of threatening with the gun.