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Hutchinson police release video of officer shooting suspect

A screenshot of Monday’s dashcam showing a Hutchinson police officer shooting a suspect who was allegedly carrying a knife.
A screenshot of Monday’s dashcam showing a Hutchinson police officer shooting a suspect who was allegedly carrying a knife. The Wichita Eagle

Hutchinson police on Tuesday released a video of an officer shooting a suspect after responding to a call of domestic violence.

The video is taken from a dash-mounted camera on the patrol car of Sgt. Josh Radloff after he arrived Monday afternoon at a Hutchinson residence, Capt. Troy Hoover said.

After warning the suspect, Justin L. Matthews, to drop a knife, Radloff shot the 29-year-old man, Hutchinson police said. Matthews was released from Via Christi Hospital St. Francis on Tuesday after being treated for a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, Hoover said.

Matthews was taken to the Reno County Jail on Tuesday where he is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to jail records. He was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault, criminal threat and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, those records show.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, police received a call that a man was threatening his mother, Hoover said.

The video shows Radloff, a 16-year police veteran, approaching the house with his weapon drawn and at his side. The suspect comes off the porch toward the officer, the video shows.

As Radloff came closer to the suspect, he could be heard shouting on the audio portion of the video, “Drop the knife, drop the knife, drop it, drop it.” That was followed by the officer firing his weapon twice.

The suspect fell to the ground as the video ended.

Reno County Attorney Keith Schroeder said he anticipates filing charges against Matthews on Wednesday.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, Hutchinson police said. Radloff has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation’s outcome.

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