Crime & Courts

Man shot by Wichita officer on North Oliver dead

A 23-year-old man who was shot twice by a Wichita police officer Saturday evening has died.

The shooting occurred in the 500 block of North Oliver, near Central, following a report of a disturbance with a weapon at the address, Lt. James Espinoza, the department’s spokesman, said late Saturday night.

Espinoza said a family member of the man who was shot called 911 at 6:43 p.m. Saturday. When two officers arrived 12 minutes later, they found him and a 44-year-old man sitting outside the house in an SUV. The vehicle was parked in the driveway.

The officers approached, spoke with the men and asked both to get out of the vehicle. The 44-year-old complied without incident, but the 23-year-old engaged in a “verbal exchange” with both officers after he was outside the SUV, Espinoza said.

“One officer discharged their Taser, and the other fired their duty weapon,” Espinoza told reporters late Saturday during a news conference.

The man was shot twice in the lower abdomen, he said.

An ambulance arrived shortly after 7 p.m. and took the injured man to Wesley Medical Center with critical injuries, Espinoza said. He remained hospitalized late Saturday and later died, according to a Wesley spokesperson. The man’s name was not released.

Espinoza said police late Saturday were still trying to determine whether the 23-year-old man lived in the house where the disturbance was reported and what type of weapon was used in the reported disturbance. It also was unclear whether the man was armed when he was shot by police. Alcohol may have been a factor in the alleged disturbance and during his encounter with officers, Espinoza said.

Authorities also were still interviewing witnesses overnight, Espinoza said. Police, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are investigating, he said.

Police plan to give more information about the shooting, including details about the officers involved, at noon Sunday during a news briefing at City Hall.

Check Kansas.com for updates Sunday.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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