WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating after a suspect and K-9 officer were fatally shot Saturday night.
According to a WPD spokesperson, shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a disturbance with a weapon at the Lamplighter mobile home park in the 2300 block of West MacArthur.
Officers say when they arrived, the female victim was found outside. She said the suspect was armed with a gun and threatened to kill her.
Police were setting up a perimeter around the home and contacting the suspect by phone when he came out of the home.
They say the man did not listen to the officers’ commands and walked back toward the house.
That’s when police say they released a WPD K-9 officer. The police K-9 held the suspects leg before the suspect could enter the home. Officers say they saw the suspect draw a gun from his waistband, prompting them to open fire. The suspect was transported for injuries and later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Saturday night, Woodrow said the suspect killed the K-9. Today, she says “We believe the K-9 was shot by the suspect, but will know for sure after the necropsy and review of the evidence.”
Wichita police posted on their Facebook page that the K-9 officer injured was named Rooster and had served as an officer with WPD for 5 years.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved including the family and friends of the suspect, the K-9 handler, and all involved officers,” says Sgt. Woodrow.
The original victim of the disturbance has been contacted and is speaking with investigators at this time.
Members of the Wichita Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigations, and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office are investigating the incident.
Police will have a media briefing Monday morning. KSN will be there and will bring you the latest in the investigation.