Wichita officer finds police truck shot up

Crime

Police said an unoccupied Wichita Police Department patrol truck was vandalized and shot up early Monday morning. 

The truck was parked at the officer’s home in the northeast part of the city.  Police believe the gunshots were fired around 12:45 a.m.

There were no injuries, and the officer was at home at the time shots were fired. However, the officer did not hear the shooting.  

Last week, an off-duty officer was fired at while working security at the Warren East. Police said the officer was likely the target of an ambush style attack. 

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says it is cause for concern. But he also wants his officer to continue to reach out to the community.

“Some of the natural inclinations of the officers after these things happen is to pull back a little bit and really focus on safety,” said Ramsay. “You know, it’s our view that we need to get closer to the community One, that’s how we solve crime. Two, the majority of the community supports us and we can never forget that.”

Right now, police don’t know if the incidents are related. 

“It is something we will investigate and look at,” said Deputy Chief Troy Livingston. “We will tell the officers to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.” 

The Sedgwick County Sheriff says they already talked to deputies about being aware, before the second incident with the police vehicle over the weekend.

“This comes on the heels of two Florida officers being ambushed while eating in a restaurant so we had already spoke to the deputies about being very aware of your surroundings,” says Sheriff Jeff Easter. “Be very aware that there are people that have the desire to hurt law enforcement.”

Easter, like Chief Ramsay, says the vast majority of people have no desire to hurt an officer.

There was no suspect identified so far in either case in Wichita.  There is a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

If anyone has information on the case, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111 or investigators at 268-4407.

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