Crime & Courts

Man charged in Derby AT&T store robbery, shooting

James Phillips has been charged with attempted capital murder as well as other charges related to a shooting at an AT&T store in Derby.
James Phillips has been charged with attempted capital murder as well as other charges related to a shooting at an AT&T store in Derby. Sedgwick County Jail

James Michael Phillips, the man accused of holding up a Derby AT&T store on Tuesday and shooting a woman inside the store, made his first appearance Thursday in a Sedgwick County courtroom.

Phillips is charged with attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping, two charges of attempted kidnapping, two charges of attempted aggravated robbery, one charge of criminal damage to property and one charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

According to police, Phillips attempted to rob the AT&T store at Rock and Madison shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. He ordered two employees to move to the back of the store at gunpoint, according to court documents.

Phillips then shot a 60-year-old woman, the only customer in the store, “multiple times,” Derby police said Tuesday.

He then led police officers on a brief chase on K-15 to south Wichita. During the chase, authorities said Phillips fired at a Derby police officer, leading to the attempted capital murder charge.

A Wichita police officer had placed spike strips on K-15 near Pawnee, and when Phillips attempted to swerve around them, he crashed head-on into a patrol car, authorities said. The officer was outside of the vehicle and was not injured.

The woman who was shot in the AT&T store remained in critical condition at Wesley Medical Center on Thursday evening.

Appearing on a closed-circuit television monitor in Judge Joe Kisner’s courtroom, Phillips asked no questions when the charges were read against him.

Phillips is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 27. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

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