SEDGWICK COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that critically injured one person.
Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, police came to the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, 905 North Main in Wichita to arrest a suspect wanted on a felony warrant for aggravated assault, according to Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston.
Officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Service approached the suspect, who was in a vehicle. Officers knew he would be carrying a weapon, according to Livingston.
As police issued commands, the suspect put the vehicle into reverse and collided with a U.S. Marshals’ Dodge Durango.
The suspect’s vehicle then traveled forward, hit a sign and put the officer in a bad position. Livingston didn’t know if the officer was actually hit by the car, pinned or about to be pinned by the vehicle.
The officer fired shots. The 29-year-old suspect was hit multiple times, according to Livingston.
After hitting the sign, the suspect’s vehicle hit a pillar in front of a business, collided with steps and traveled across the street where it embedded into a wall.
The 29-year-old suspect was in serious condition at a local hospital. The officer, a 13-year veteran of the police force, also received injury, according to Livingston, and was being treated.
Police were also questioning a second person reported in the vehicle with suspect.
Police have not released the suspect’s name or the identity of the injured officer.