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Wichita officer injured in fatal traffic stop in good condition

VIDEO: Wichita police briefing on fatal traffic stop

Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza briefs media about a traffic stop around Kellogg and Dugan that left an officer in serious condition and killed the driver. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle)
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Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza briefs media about a traffic stop around Kellogg and Dugan that left an officer in serious condition and killed the driver. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle)

An officer seriously injured in a traffic stop that turned deadly Saturday night has been upgraded to good condition, Wichita police said.

A 26-year-old man was shot and killed by the officer in the 6100 block of West Kellogg during a stop on a suspected traffic violation.

The shooting happened at 10:10 p.m., according to Lt. James Espinoza, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

Wichita police had stopped the vehicle in a parking lot near Kellogg and Dugan.

When an officer approached the vehicle, there was a struggle, Espinoza said in a briefing late Saturday night, and the driver began dragging the police officer “a very long distance.”

While the officer was being dragged, he said, the suspect began driving east in the westbound lanes of Kellogg Drive, striking another vehicle head-on. At least two people were in the car that was struck. Both sustained minor injuries.

The police officer was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition.

On Sunday afternoon, Espinoza said in a prepared media release that the investigation was ongoing and involved a large crime scene and multiple witnesses.

All streets that had been closed during the investigation have now been opened.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the fatality, as is consistent with all officer-involved shootings, Espinoza said.

More information on the case is expected to be released Monday.

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