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WPD Respond to Robbery and Apprehend Suspects

6/8/2012
Lt. Doug Nolte | DNolte@wichita.gov | (316) 268-4231

Officers shot at by suspects attempting to elude arrest

At approximately 07:25 p.m. on Thursday evening officers responded to a robbery call at the KFC located 1251 S. Woodlawn. Within minutes of the reported robbery, officers located the suspects driving away and attempted to stop them. The suspects drove into a parking lot at Bayley and Woodlawn and stopped. At least one suspect opened fire on the officers striking the police car and narrowly missing the two officers.

“This was a violent assault on two of our officers,” said Chief Norman Williams, “we are fortunate that neither officer was seriously injured or killed as a result of the suspect’s actions.” Chief Williams was very appreciative of citizens who helped officers locate the suspects. He noted that witnesses gave detailed descriptions of the suspects. He also stated that citizens helped direct officers as the suspects tried to avoid capture.

During the investigation it is believed that at least three shots were fired towards the officers, striking the police vehicle. The officer riding in the passenger seat was exiting the police vehicle when the suspect fired towards officers. The bullets shattered window glass and gave the officer in the passenger seat minor injuries from the broken glass. The driver of the police vehicle was not injured.

After the initial shots being fired, the suspects drove away in an attempt to elude capture. Officers responding to the scene were able to locate the suspect vehicle at 7025 E. Lincoln. Witnesses observed the suspects exit the vehicle and directed officers to one of the suspects, a 55 year old male, who was arrested near the swimming pool. He was armed with a large caliber handgun.

The second suspect, a 49 year old male, was apprehended in the 1200 block of south Terrace, walking towards his residence in that block. Both were booked into the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility for Attempted Murder and Aggravated Robbery.

No citizens were injured during the robbery at the KFC.

The officers were riding as a two officer training unit. The Field Training Officer (FTO) had been on the department for over six years. The officer just finishing the FTO program has been with the department for nine months. As standard Department policy the officers have been placed on administrative leave.

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