Crime & Courts

Man sought in Menards shooting spotted in stolen Camry; police call off pursuit

Wichita police are asking the public for help in locating the 18-year-old man in this photo. Police say he was involved in a shooting at Menards on North Maize on Monday.
Wichita police are asking the public for help in locating the 18-year-old man in this photo. Police say he was involved in a shooting at Menards on North Maize on Monday. Wichita Police Department

The Wichita Police Department called off a police chase with a man accused of shooting a Menards loss prevention officer after cars reached excessively high speeds on Tuesday evening, police said.

Officers found the 18-year-old man in the 2600 block of South Minnesota at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Charley Davidson said. That's near Pawnee and Southeast Boulevard. Police saw him get into a car, but when they tried to pull him over, the man refused to stop and took off.

Police began to chase him, but the chase was called off on Kellogg due to excessively high speeds in a high traffic area, Davidson said.

The man was driving a light blue Toyota Camry with the personalized tag, 1NAMLLN. That car had previously been reported stolen, Davidson said.

The man is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him or the car, call 911.

He is accused of shooting a Menards loss prevention officer at around 4:30 p.m. Monday. The loss prevention officer was shot in the stomach after trying to stop two shoplifters from stealing a home surveillance system. The officer was released from the hospital later Monday.

A 17-year-old woman who was also believed to be involved in the shooting was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated battery firearms, shoplifting, fleeing police and auto theft after a police chase ended with a rollover crash in Derby. The woman is from Wichita, Davidson said.

Police surround a vehicle that was sought in the Menards shooting on Monday. The car was involved in a chase ending in a crash in Derby on Tuesday about noon.

Wichita Police public information officer Charlie Davidson gives a statement Tuesday afternoon after a police chase ended in Derby.

  Comments