Police: Man wounded in officer-involved shooting dies from injuries

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The Wichita Police Department said a man wounded in an officer-involved shooting last Thursday has died from his injuries. 

Police said 29-year-old Geoffrey Morris of Wichita succumbed to his injuries Saturday. 

Police said two officers were attempting to arrest Morris. He was wanted for multiple robbery and battery warrants in the parking lot of the Sedgwick County Corrections Office in the 900 block of North Main. 

Morris arrived in the parking lot driving a Ford Focus with a stolen license plate. A woman got out of the car and went inside the Sedgwick County Corrections building. 

A Kansas Department of Corrections employee pulled behind Morris, and two Wichita police officers in an unmarked car approached the Ford. 

“Two Wichita police officers had been working for several weeks attempting to locate this suspect that was familiar to them. He had multiple warrants,” said Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston. “The warrants were out of Sedgwick County, Newton and Wichita. The charges on these warrants included aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, theft and traffic charges. The officers also knew the subject to be armed and dangerous.”

The officers drew their handguns and gave verbal instructions for Morris to exit the vehicle.

Police said Morris refused to exit the vehicle, reversed the vehicle, rammed the KDOC vehicle and then pulled forward turning toward the officer on the driver’s side of the vehicle, almost striking him. The two officers fired multiple shots toward Morris striking him multiple times.

“The officer on the driver side believed that his partner on the other side, on the passenger side of the vehicle, had actually been run over,” said Livingston.

The suspect drove the Ford over a parking block and struck a concrete fence on the east side of Main. 

Morris was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. He died Saturday. An officer received minor injuries to his arm while removing the suspect from the vehicle after the crash. The suspect was in possession of a handgun police said. 

Both involved are a 13-year-veteran and a five-year-veteran of the department. Both have been placed on administrative leave.

“Obviously, this is a tragic situation nobody wants to encounter, but it does demonstrate how quickly things can escalate,” said Livingston. “And what our officers deal with, the dangers they deal with on a daily basis. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected, including the family of the suspect.”

The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

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