Crime & Courts

Sheriff’s official: Homeowner believed to have shot man outside Haysville-area home

Crime scene tape is wrapped along a driveway leading to a home outside of which a man was fatally shot Dec. 29 near Haysville.
Crime scene tape is wrapped along a driveway leading to a home outside of which a man was fatally shot Dec. 29 near Haysville. The Wichita Eagle

Investigators think that a homeowner fired the shot that killed Cody Don Reid outside a home near Haysville on Dec. 29, sheriff’s Capt. Greg Pollock said Wednesday.

Authorities still think that Reid, 27, was trying to break in when the resident encountered Reid, Pollock said.

Authorities have no plans at this point to arrest the 57-year-old homeowner, Pollock said. The investigation will be presented to prosecutors to decide whether charges could be filed, he said.

“It’s a very complicated case,” Pollock said.

A week ago, Pollock told reporters that someone shot Reid once in the chest but that it wasn’t the homeowner. The male resident and a female companion were at the home in the 7800 block of South Broadway when the shooting happened. The resident called 911 at about 4:08 p.m. to report the shooting.

Last week, Pollock gave this account: After the resident told Reid he was calling police, Reid ran off. The resident reported that he heard gunshots, looked out and saw Reid on the ground and a dark-colored car speeding down the driveway toward Broadway, Pollock said.

Pollock said Wednesday, without elaborating, that police are no longer seeking the public’s helping in finding such a vehicle. Pollock said investigators found, in the area where the shooting occurred, a silver vehicle that Reid was using.

Investigators think the homeowner fired two shots and that one hit Reid in the chest, Pollock said Wednesday. A handgun used in the shooting has been recovered.

Reid was on the state’s offender registry after being convicted of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl in Olathe when he was 18. The registry also lists his convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Wichita in 2013, in which the victims were 3 and 22.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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