WICHITA, Kan. - A shooting that involved Wichita Police officers in July of 2012, was ruled justified Thursday by the Sedgwick County District Attorney. Karen Jackson was shot to death at a home in the 700 block of N. Spruce last July after police responded to a domestic disturbance call.The report shows Karen Jackson was holding a butcher knife when she opened the door. As officers retreated, Jackson began stabbing herself with the knife and yelling at the officers to shoot her. The report shows both officers fired shots at Jackson as she started moving towards the officers. She was struck four times.
The report states, "Officers 1 and 2 both believed Jackson posed an imminent threat to the life and safety of themselves and each other. The officers both fired to stop the threat posed by her advance toward them with a deadly weapon."
Toxicology reports show Jackson was considered to be legally drunk at the time and also tested positive for by-products of a prescription anti-depressant.
WPD Responds to Report, Will Review Case Per Department Policy
Based on the findings released by District Attorney Marc Bennett, two Wichita Police Department Officers have been cleared of any criminal conduct. Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said his department will follow its policies and conduct its own administrative investigation of what is known as an officer-involved shooting.
“Now that the District Attorney office has concluded its investigation, the Wichita Police Department will review the shooting from the administrative side,” Williams said. “We want to follow the WPD policies and make certain our members are professional and following procedures.”
The WPD Professional Standards Bureau will review all aspects of the shooting to make certain that policies and regulations were followed. WPD officials will have no further comments until the administrative investigation is complete.