Suspect Shot After Exchanging Gunfire With Salina Police

SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) — A man is in custody after firing a semi-automatic riffle at Salina Police.

Captain Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department said that police were called out because a man and woman were having some type of argument near Centennial Park in west Salina.

Three officers arrived to find the woman and shortly after the man. That man was carrying a gun, before police could contact him to lower the weapon, he started firing.

Sweeney said that multiple rounds were exchanged between the man and officers.

"They had no choice but to return fire," Sweeney said, "their job is the neutralize a threat, which they did."

The gunman was shot once and taken to a hospital for treatment. Police are supervising him, once he is released by medical staff, the man will be booked into Saline County jail.

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A suspect is hospitalized after exchanging gunfire with Salina police officers.

KSAL News reports officers were called to the report of a domestic disturbance at a home near the corner of Hemlock and Comanche Street. When officers arrived, they began speaking with the woman involved at nearby Centennial Park.

During their conversation, a man armed with a rifle began walking down the street toward officers. Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney said the suspect then began firing at them.

Two of the officers took cover while the third returned fire, hitting the suspect. He was taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.

Police are on scene investigating. Check back for updates.

Watch the KSAL News interview with Captain Sweeney below:

Watch the KSAL News interview with Captain Sweeney below: