WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department says the man injured in an officer-involved shooting in downtown Wichita on Thursday had multiple warrants.
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Police say the 29-year-old had two warrants out of Sedgwick County. The first was for three counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault. In this case, the man allegedly entered a home armed with a handgun along with other armed suspects, beat up three men in the home and a shot was fired. The suspects stole property and then left the home.
His second Sedgwick County warrant was for aggravated assault and attempted theft. He's accused of pointing a handgun and threatened loss prevention employees to avoid apprehension.
The man also has traffic warrants out of Newton and Wichita.
Police say multiple attempts had made to allow the man to turn himself in peacefully.
On Thursday, two Wichita Police Officers and a Kansas Department of Corrections went to the Sedgwick County Corrections Office to conduct a follow-up on the suspect. They believed he'd be there with his 26-year-old girlfriend.
Around 1 p.m., officers observed the man driving a red 2008 Ford Focus and park in a stall. His girlfriend got out of the car and went inside the corrections office.
A KDOC employee then pulled behind the suspect vehicle. Two WPD officers parked in an unmarked vehicle approached the front of the suspect vehicle. They drew their handguns and gave verbal commands for the suspect to exit the vehicle.
Police say the man refused to get out of the car and put it in reverse ramming the KDOC vehicle. He then pulled forward turning toward a WPD officer on the driver's side of the vehicle, almost hitting him. The two WPD officers fired multiple shots toward the suspect vehicle, striking the suspect multiple times.
The suspect then drove over a parking block, hit a metal pole in the parking lot, struck a concrete pillar, drove across Main Street and crashed into a concrete fence on the east side of the Main.
A WPD officer removed the suspect from the car after the crash, injuring his arm in the process. The suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police say the suspect was in possession of a handgun at the time. The Ford Focus was determined to be stolen.
The WPD officers involved in the shooting have been on the force for 13 years and 5 years. Both are part of the WPD Violent Crimes Task Force, focusing on arresting the most violent offenders.
"The continued proactive work of this task force has helped reduce shootings in Wichita and keep citizens safe," the Wichita Police Department said in a release.
Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.
The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.