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Police: Man shot to death, woman injured at Haysville apartment

Officers from different law enforcement agencies gather around the entrance of an apartment complex in Haysville, where an officer-involved shooting took place Tuesday morning.
Officers from different law enforcement agencies gather around the entrance of an apartment complex in Haysville, where an officer-involved shooting took place Tuesday morning. The Wichita Eagle

One man was shot to death by Haysville police and a woman was hospitalized with injuries after authorities responded to a domestic violence call midmorning on Tuesday.

The incident happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. at Haysville’s Village Green Apartments in the 400 block of West Sarah Lane, Haysville Police Chief Jeff Whitfield said. That’s near Main Street and Grand Avenue in Haysville.

When officers entered the apartment, they found “an active disturbance” with a woman injured, Whitfield said. Some sort of confrontation followed and the man was shot by police, he said.

It’s not known whether the shooting was in response to the man threatening police or harming the woman.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Whitfield said.

There was no exchange of gunfire during the confrontation, he said.

“We’re still early in the investigation,” Whitfield said.

He had no information about the nature or extent of the woman’s injuries.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Sedgwick County sheriff deputies were also on the scene taking part in the ongoing investigation. District Attorney Marc Bennett arrived about 1:30 p.m. and left about 15 minutes later.

Shortly after the officers arrived, the dispatcher reported an officer was in trouble.

“I don’t know what the officer-in-trouble call was for,” Whitfield said.

The woman’s condition is not known. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The apartment where the shooting occurred is on the ground floor. Yellow crime-scene tape quickly draped Building F of the complex, including the exterior entry door to apartments 7 through 12.

A man who lives on the third floor above where the shooting occurred said an older man lived in the ground-floor apartment. A younger couple moved in with him about two months ago.

The couple argued often, he said, and he heard the woman weeping outside the apartment earlier this week before she went back inside.

Kelly Goseland, who lives on the second floor above the shooting scene, said news of the incident shook her.

“It kind of freaks me out,” Goseland said.

Officers or the suspect could have shot through the ceiling of that apartment into her living room, she said.

“I was right there on the couch,” she said.

She didn’t hear a thing, she said, and didn’t realize anything unusual had happened until a police officer knocked on her door to check on her.

“I was sleeping pretty soundly, evidently,” Goseland said.

Contributing: Rick Plumlee of The Eagle

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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