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'Gun battle' in home sends Wichita police officer, suspected home invader to hospital

Home intruder died after breaking into Wichita officer's house, police say

A home intruder who police say, broke into an off-duty officer and shot the officer in the leg has died in the hospital. The incident happened at the officer’s home in the 1900 block of North Stoney Point Court
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A home intruder who police say, broke into an off-duty officer and shot the officer in the leg has died in the hospital. The incident happened at the officer’s home in the 1900 block of North Stoney Point Court

A Wichita police officer and a home intruder were rushed to the hospital Tuesday after an early-morning “gun battle” inside the off-duty officer’s home, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said.

The off-duty officer was shot once in the leg and is expected to recover, Ramsay said. The 24-year-old intruder was shot multiple times and is in critical condition.

Wichita police were called to an off-duty officer’s home in the 1900 block of North Stoney Point Court, near 21st and Maize, at around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

“An intruder had come into the home and the two had engaged in a gun battle,” Ramsay said.

Ramsay said the officer’s two children and wife were also in the home at the time of the shooting and that they are uninjured but are “very shaken” by what happened.

Police aren’t sure if this was a targeted or random attack, Ramsay said.

This is a developing story and more details will be added as they become known.

Lt. Chris Halloran, the Rangemaster in the Wichita police Training Bureau, told the Citizen Review Board that police shoot to eliminate the threat, not to kill, and Hollywood movies "make it look glamorous to shoot bad guys."

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