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S. Wichita: Suspect & Police Dog Shot & Killed
WICHITA, Kan. (KNSS) - On Saturday evening, a man died in the south part of Wichita after a confrontation with police.
Officers were notified that a man with a gun had threatened to kill a woman and himself, and had held the woman against her will for a time at the Lamp Lighter Mobile Home Park on MacArthur Road near the Kansas Turnpike.
Police chief Gordon Ramsay says the man came out with his hands up, but then turned around and began walking back inside. At that point, a police German Shepherd was sent to stop the man. The dog named "Rooster" was deployed, chief Ramsay says, because the suspect had committed a violent felony, and officers didn't want him to go back inside, not knowing if anyone else was inside nor if the suspect would have access to weapons once back inside.
Chief Ramsay says the suspect reached for his gun and fired at them, and was shot and killed by police. Officers believe "Rooster" the police dog was shot by the suspect and died; the dog was not wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time; Chief Ramsay says the situation developed so quickly, there was not enough time to get the vest on the dog.
The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Kevin Perry.