At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Saturday in the Old Town area, several officers were monitoring crowds leaving clubs in the 200 block of North Mosley when a shooting occurred.
Chief Norman Williams said an officer observed a suspect, later identified as Marquez Smart, 23, fire gunshots toward a large crowd of people. After shooting in the direction of the crowd the suspect, still armed with a large caliber handgun, turned and ran north along the west sidewalk of Mosley in front of the Old Town parking garage.
The suspect ran in the direction of officers with the handgun in his hand. Officers subsequently shot and fatally wounded the suspect. The suspect was transported to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:32 a.m.
In the course of the investigation it was determined four other individuals had been wounded. Those injured included:
- 29 year old male - injury to right calf
- 18 year old female - injury to lower right side
- 17 year old female - injury to left calf
- 19 year old female - injury to right shoulder
All four received medical treatment at local area hospitals. Preliminary indications are that the injuries are not life threatening.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, along with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The Department is cooperating with both agencies during their investigations.
The officers who fired shots have been employed with the Department for approximately 1-year and 7-years respectively. Department policy for this incident was followed and the two officers have been placed on administrative leave.