WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department has arrested 41-year-old Laroy West of Wichita on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm stemming from a shooting on Wednesday that critically injured a 39-year-old male QuikTrip security officer. The shooting happened in the area of Murdock and Broadway.
On Thursday evening, a lieutenant was doing a follow-up on the investigation and observed West in the area of 19th and Broadway. West was contacted and arrested without incident.
“During the investigation, we learned that he was an armed security guard employed by QuikTrip and had encountered a male who was causing a disruption inside the store,” Captain Jason Stephens, WPD, said. “He escorted this individual from this store and ultimately to the edge of the property where the disturbance continued. He ended up across the street, and after a short physical disturbance was shot by the suspect.”
Stephens says he is not going to release what the disruption was about yet. He says police have interviewed witnesses and surveillance video, but they have not been able to talk to the victim yet.
Stephens says it does not appear the guard pulled any weapons he had on his belt.
QuikTrip said the position of the guard is to provide security to the store and help customers.