A woman remains in critical condition following a shooting Tuesday at a Derby AT&T store during an attempted robbery.
After shooting the 60-year-old woman “multiple times,” police said, the suspect left the scene and took police on a chase into south Wichita, shooting at an officer and eventually crashing into a police cruiser.
At the scene of the collision, the male suspect was taken into custody, Derby Police Chief Robert Lee said.
The man was attempting to rob the AT&T store at Rock and Madison in Derby shortly after 9 a.m. when a confrontation broke out, Lee said. The man was armed with a handgun and shot the woman before fleeing the store. She was the only customer at the time, Lee said, and police are unsure whether any money or items were stolen from the store.
AT&T employees gave a description of the man’s vehicle to police when they called 911, Lee said. Police spotted the vehicle near K-15 and Madison, about a mile and a half away.
Police chased the suspect north on K-15 and into south Wichita. During the pursuit, the suspect fired shots toward a Derby police officer, according to a news release from the city of Derby. The officer was not injured, the release said, and did not return fire.
A Wichita police officer had placed spike strips on K-15 near Pawnee, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said. The suspect saw the spike strips and swerved to avoid them, but in doing so he slammed head-on into a patrol car. The officer was outside the car at the time and was not injured, Espinoza said.
The suspect was taken into custody after the crash and was returned to the scene of the shooting so AT&T employees could confirm his identity, said Lee, the Derby police chief.
“We’ll be interviewing the witnesses, we’ll be interviewing the suspect, and we’ll be making a determination on what the appropriate charges are as we go throughout the day,” he said.
The man will be booked on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and evading or eluding police, officials said.
Angelisa McGoldrick, an employee at a Check Into Cash in the same strip mall, said the AT&T employees ran into her store in a panic.
“I walked (into the AT&T) and I cried because I hadn’t seen anyone get shot,” she said. “I felt so bad for her. I know she’s in really, really bad shape right now.”
Contributing: Stan Finger of The Eagle