Police: Kansas man dies after officer shooting

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Harvey County authorities say a man died after being shot by a Newton police officer responding to a domestic violence call.

Sheriff T. Walton said 52-year-old Sonny Wagner was shot Thursday after he refused orders from the officer to drop a hunting knife. He was shot twice and died at Newton Medical Center.

Authorities say the officer went to the home after Wagner’s 52-year-old wife reported that her husband had beaten her. The shooting occurred inside the couple’s home.

The officer who fired was a 20-year veteran of Newton’s police force. The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the sheriff’s office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigate the shooting.

 

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