Wichita Police Discuss Fatal Standoff That Lasted 32 Hours

By: KAKE (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: KAKE (Posted by Josh Mabry)

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)-- Wichita Police are expected to discuss last week's standoff that ended after about 32 hours when the suspect was killed.

It all started around 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday, July 10 when a suspect attempted to rob the pharmacy inside Kmart located near 47th Street South and Broadway. When employees refused to give him prescription medication, the man fired shots into the floor and ceiling. No one was hurt.

Officers soon tracked the suspect to the Southlake Village apartment complex in the 4100 block of South Seneca and began attempts to negotiate with him. He refused to come out, and fired shots later that night.

Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning, the SWAT team tried to get the man to surrender using tear gas and other methods. Those attempts were unsuccessful and the standoff continued through the day Thursday.

Around 5:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, SWAT team members entered the apartment and several shots were fired. Officers eventually pulled back from the building.

Shortly after 10:30 that night, additional shots were fired, and the suspect was killed.

That suspect is believed to be 24-year-old Jared Lee Woosypiti, who officers had already been searching for in connection to a stabbing on July 4 in Derby. In that case, Woosypiti allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times during a party. She is recovering.


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