Jan 24, 2022

Man jailed after Kan. deputy-involved shooting, standoff at motel

Posted Jan 24, 2022 5:50 PM
Law enforcement on the scene of the standoff early Monday -photo courtesy KWCH
Law enforcement on the scene of the standoff early Monday -photo courtesy KWCH

SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect in connection with an officer involved shooting in Wichita.

Just before 1:30a.m. Monday, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy observed the driver of a red Lexus commit a traffic violation near the intersection of Pawnee and Meridian in Wichita, according to Sheriff's Lt. Benjamin Blick.

The deputy attempted to stop the Lexus and the driver fled in the vehicle. The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes with the top speeds reported near 70 MPH. The pursuit ended when the Lexus became high-centered in the parking lot of the Regency Inn at 6125 W Kellogg Drive in Wichita.

The 26-year-old male driver shot at the pursuing deputy and two deputies returned fire. No one was struck by any of the gunfire. The suspect then fled into an occupied room at the Regency Inn. One of the occupants of the room was able to communicate with motel staff and eventually law enforcement through a messenger app. Eventually, the occupants of the room walked out on their own. At approximately 8:25a.m. the suspect was arrested.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is currently interviewing witnesses and processing evidence. Authorities have not released the suspect's name or potential charges.