Crime & Courts

Man shot by officers identified

K-15 is closed at Oxford Road north of Udall after an overnight police chase that left one person dead. (April 13, 2017)
K-15 is closed at Oxford Road north of Udall after an overnight police chase that left one person dead. (April 13, 2017) The Wichita Eagle

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Law enforcement officials on Thursday identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting overnight south of Wichita.

Charles S. Johnston, 25, officials said, took a woman hostage and fired at officers after leading a police chase that spanned multiple counties in south-central Kansas.

Officers eventually shot and killed Johnston, officials said, north of of K-15 and North Geuda Springs, which is about 6 miles south of Mulvane.

Original story: One man is dead after an overnight multi-county chase involving several law enforcement agencies.

Lt. Lin Dehning of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office on Thursday confirmed the death of a man. The police chase went through parts of three counties, he said.

A second person was in the vehicle that was being chased, he said, but he gave no further details.

According to a Wichita police media report, a vehicle led police on a chase that began in the 1200 block of West Pawnee. The call went out at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday night.

The report states that officers were shot at during the pursuit and that the chase ended with an officer-involved shooting.

Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said Wichita police officers and deputies from Sumner and Sedgwick counties returned fire on one suspect after he fled from a vehicle following the pursuit.

At 8:30 a.m., investigators continued to work the apparent scene of the deadly shooting, which is near a residence just north of K-15 and North Geuda Springs.

Check back to Kansas.com as more information becomes available.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath

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