Crime & Courts

Wichita police officer on leave after shooting at woman who pointed a gun at him

A Wichita police officer is on paid leave after shooting at a woman who had a gun pointed at him.

Police were called at around 11:30 p.m. Monday to a disturbance with a weapon report in the area of Seneca and Harry, Lt. Jason Stephens said. Officers on foot found a maroon SUV that matched the description they were given. It was in an alley behind an abandoned business.

As police approached, a woman “pointed a firearm at one of the officers, causing that officer to fire his weapon, and (he) fired two shots,” Stephens said. Both shots missed the woman, who was not injured. She was arrested without any further use of force.

The woman, identified as 30-year-old Katie Evans, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, felon in possession of a firearm and on outstanding warrants. She remains in the Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond.

Evans was previously convicted of a 2015 domestic battery in Sedgwick County, according to records from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The officer is a 23-year veteran of the department and is on paid administrative leave, the Associated Press reported.

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