Wichita Chief defends officers in fatal shooting

By: AP-KAKE
By: AP-KAKE

WICHITA, Kan. (AP-KAKE) -- Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says a police officer fatally shot a man as he lunged at the officer with a knife.

Chief Norman Williams said Monday that the officer tried to use a stun gun on Icarus Randolph during the confrontation Friday but it had no effect and Randolph was shot when he got within 6 feet of the officer.

Williams says Randolph, a 26-year-old military veteran, was carrying a hunting or combat knife with a blade 4 to 5 inches long when he came out of his home toward the officers.

The two officers who responded to the scene are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a fatal shooting.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting.

Posted by Greg Palmer


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