WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — An elderly woman died and her husband was critically hurt after they were stabbed Saturday in Wichita shortly after a truck was stolen and crashed into a nearby church.
Police say it started after a man stole a truck and crashed into a church near the intersection of Poplar and Orme Street in Wichita.
According to authorities, 36-year-old Goldy Metcalf crashed a stolen blue pickup truck into the Iglesia De Cristo church at the intersection of Orme and Poplar Street.
“The vehicle had keys in it,” Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “The owner was nearby doing some yard work. The vehicle was stolen, reported as stolen. So as we were searching for that, we then received information of a crash at the church behind me, and then shortly after a stabbing in the 600 block of South Green.”
Police believe after Metcalf crashed into the church, he fled the scene and ran into a house on Green Street where he is accused of stabbing two people.
“Two individuals were stabbed at that residence. One is deceased, and the other one is in critical condition.” Ramsay said.
Authorities are still working to determine if there was a motive for the attack. According to Ramsay, Metcalf was on parole for six other offenses.
Police expect Metcalf to be charged on suspicion of first-degree murder by early next week.
“This continues that pattern that we see of parolees committing crime in the city,” Ramsay said. “One of the benchmarks that we need to remember is in these critical cases, that we are apprehending and arresting these suspects. But yet, it seems to be a never-ending source of suspects coming out of prison and that is a significant concern of mine. Because as we just saw this last week, continual significant criminal acts by parolees.”
Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says they are still investigating the incident and will update as more information becomes available.