Police: Man pointed gun at deputy before being shot

Courtesy: KSN-TV

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old man was shot by sheriff’s deputy in Wichita after he refused repeated commands to put his gun down and stop advancing.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said in a Wednesday news conference that a 47-year-old deputy told the man at least 11 times to put his gun down during the incident Tuesday. Police say the man was pointing a modified pellet gun at the officer.

Easter said the deputy fired his rifle five times, striking the man in the lower torso and abdomen. The man remained in critical condition at a hospital Wednesday.

According to authorities, the deputy was responding to the man in connection to an incident at a nearby residence.

Easter said the case will be turned over to prosecutors, who will determine if charges will be filed.


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