Crime & Courts

Condition of man shot by police in alley upgraded at hospital

The 45-year-old man shot by police in an alley early Monday morning has been upgraded to fair condition at a local hospital, officials said Friday.

Police officials say the man was shot as he backed a car toward three officers in a narrow gravel alley between Wichita and Water south of Osie shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday. The shooting culminated an incident that began a few minutes earlier when an officer attempted to stop a car he thought was stolen.

After a series of turns made by the driver in an attempt to escape, the white Chrysler Sebring turned south into a gravel alley and the driver bailed from the moving car, police officials have said.

The car’s passenger moved behind the wheel after the car stopped and then began backing the vehicle toward the pursuing officer, hitting a fence. Two other officers arrived in support. As the Sebring continued to back toward them, the three officers opened fire on the driver.

He was struck in the hand, abdomen and leg. The original driver was located in the alley near where the Sebring originally came to a stop.

The driver has been arrested on warrants from Sedgwick and Butler counties, as well as suspected traffic offenses. The wounded passenger will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital, police officials have said.

The Sebring involved in the incident turned out not to be stolen, police officials said after the shooting.

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