Police say 16-year-old boy fired the gun in Wichita’s latest homicide


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Police say they have arrested four people on suspicion of felony murder in connection with a fatal shooting late Monday night near 21st and Amidon.

An officer was patrolling near 21st and Hood around 11:40 p.m. and heard gunshots near the Twin Rivers Apartments. As he headed in that direction, he saw a white SUV speeding away.

Around that same time, someone called 911 to report a shooting. Some officers followed the vehicle while others went to the apartment complex.

The officers at the apartments found Jose Covarrubias, 22, of Wichita, dead from a gunshot wound.

Witnesses at the apartment complex told police a white SUV was involved in the shooting incident. The officers who followed the SUV were able to get it stopped.

They arrested Luis Martinez, 22, Nicholas Olmos, 18, Jaylon Pete, 20, and a 16-year-old boy, all from Wichita. Police say they found a handgun in the vehicle.

Investigators say the four suspects were meeting with the victim for an illegal drug deal. At some point during the transaction, a physical disturbance ensued. Police say the 16-year-old suspect is the one who pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots, hitting the victim.

Police say they are still investigating and will present the case to the district attorney’s office.

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