Crime & Courts

Police: Man kills twin brother in west Wichita shooting

Wichita police say a 59-year-old man shot and killed his twin brother Wednesday evening at their west Wichita home.

Although a motive wasn’t immediately clear, authorities say the living brother called 911 after the shooting and told a Sedgwick County dispatcher “he shot his brother because his brother was going to shoot him.”

Wichita police Sgt. Jim Merrick said two firearms apparently had been recovered inside of the home in the 600 block of North Gordon. The slain twin “was shot at least one in the center of his chest,” he said.

Officers took the living twin into custody Wednesday evening, Merrick said.

Officers who arrived first on the scene reported that the man shot was in cardiac arrest at 7:17 p.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said; he was pronounced dead five minutes later by emergency medical services staff.

The brothers reportedly lived alone in the home, located at Gordon and Central amid businesses and other homes. Neighbors told officers the men were quiet and didn’t cause problems, Merrick said.

Police continued to scour the home for evidence as rain fell in west Wichita more than an hour after the shooting.