Crime & Courts

Update: A road patrol deputy suspected of misconduct may be in this car

Updated 9:25 a.m.: A local road patrol deputy wanted in a felony case out of Sumner County is missing — and authorities are asking the public to help find him.

Derick Ambrose Chandler, 29, disappeared after Wellington police and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office identified him as a suspect in the felony case, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Col. Greg Pollock said at a Tuesday morning news conference. Chandler may have been in Wichita early Monday driving a 2015 Dodge Charger that’s white with black striping along the sides, hood and trunk.

The car has a 60-day temporary tag #C151751 and may have a “Renegade” window decal on the rear glass.

Pollock asked anyone who sees Chandler or the Charger to call 911 or their local law enforcement agency, but he urged the public to avoid approaching him.

“Chandler is listed as a missing person through the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, but he’s wanted for questioning in a felony investigation. We believe he may be a harm to himself and/or others,” Pollock said.

The public, he said, “should not take matters into their own hands.”

Wellington police Chief Tracy Heath in an interview Tuesday said Chandler was accused of misconduct Sunday evening by some Sumner County residents, but he declined to give specifics about what that misconduct might be. He said the residents contacted the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office with their concerns Sunday evening and that his department started investigating the allegations later that night.

Heath said Tuesday that his department is still interviewing witnesses and is trying to narrow down the time frame when any possible crime might have occurred. He said investigators right now have no evidence any of the alleged misconduct occurred outside of Wellington.

“I don’t want to release anything at this point until we have an opportunity to talk to the people that we think might have some information” about the allegations, he told The Eagle.

Heath said authorities think Chandler might be a danger to himself or others because Chandler took several guns from the Wellington home where he lives when he was there on Aug. 7. That was the last day Chandler was in contact with his family members living in the town, Heath said.

Chandler has been a resident of Wellington for several years, Heath said.

Pollock, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s colonel, also wouldn’t disclose details about the felony investigation involving the deputy. He referred all questions about the nature of the case to Sumner County authorities.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office also declined to comment.

Chandler has worked for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for one year, 10 months, Pollock said. He is assigned as a road patrol deputy.

Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.