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21-Minute Crime Spree with Gunfire in W. Wichita: More Details from Police

Ted Woodward
December 28, 2017 - 3:06 pm
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Wichita police have released more details about Wednesday morning's crime spree in west Wichita.

Police Lt. Todd Ojile says before 10:00 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from a 43-year-old man who was following a vehicle; the people inside that car were looking into mailboxes and stealing mail in the 1500 block of N. Caddy, east of 13th & Maize.

As the calling party followed the suspects, he provided disptchers with a car description and a tag number; it turns out that car, a Chevy Trax, had been stolen about four hours earlier from a Quik Trip store in the east part of Wichita. The suspects got on to I-235 at 13th Street, and took the Central exit on to the 700 block of N. Gilda, pullling into a business. The woman ran inside, and a short time later, the male suspect went in as well.

By that time, police were beginning to arrive, and one officer, a 23-year veteran of the police force, spoke with the business-owner outside, who told him the suspects were inside. The officer went inside, and saw the male suspect in a hallway.

The officer turned a corner, and was confronted by the suspect pointing a gun directly at him. The officer began looking for cover and exited the hallway, when the suspect began firing shots at him. The offcer went outside the business, seeking cover in the parking lot. The 21-year-old suspect came outside, firing shots in the parking lot, at officers on the scene, and those arriving.

Meanwhile, the man who had been following the suspects had fled the scene, but left his silver truck running in the parking lot. The suspect jumped into that vehicle and sped away, driving directly towards a police officer at Elm & Gilda; that officer fired several times at the truck, which was going west-bound on Elm through several yards, then hit a fence and stopped.

A supervisor from Patrol West Bureau arrived, pulling up behind the truck, and getting out of the patrol car. The suspect put his truck in reverse, and the supervisor fired one gunshot at the vehicle, when continued west on Elm. The suspect ended up going east on Central, firing his gun at officers coming towards him. One bullet hit a fitness business east of Central & I-235.

The suspect ended up on Maple, where a police supervisor placed stop-sticks on the roadway and successfully disabled two tires on the suspect's stolen truck, as the suspect swerved at that supervisor. The chase continued at speeds between 80-100 miles per hour west-bound on Maple, until the suspect lost control and pulled into a strip mall on the northwest corner of Maple & Maize, stopping by a video store.

A police dog was sent into the car, and officers dragged the suspect out and arrested him at 10:16 a.m.; the entire incident, from the 911 call the the suspect's arrest, took 21 minutes.

The suspect had sustained a gunshout wound to his lower jaw, and he was hospitalized in fair-but-stable condition. The woman who was with the suspect was a friend of his; she was booked into jail for multiple outstanding arrest warrants, and several counts of theft.

 

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