WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay on Friday addressed last Thursday’s officer-involved shooting.
Andrew Finch was shot after a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home on McCormick. On Wednesday, Tyler Barriss waived extradition proceedings in California and will face a felony allegation that he made a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting. He is being extradicted to Wichita.
Chief Ramsay said the investigation is continuing and more people are being questioned in the case. He said no additional arrests have been made.
“I can say there is other people who are involved that are being interviewed as part of this case,” Chief Ramsay said.
Chief Ramsay says he has to take a cautious approach when determining what information to release for such a high profile case but he did discuss how his officers are trained to handle hostage situations.
“Our protocol is that we show up on a scene, secure a perimeter and communicate. Talk, talk, talk. we have doubled our number of negotiators since I got here because talking and communicating before rushing into scenes is important to me,” he explains.
“But, you know, in this case the individual came to the door before we had an opportunity to get set up and try to have some formal communication.”
KSN asked Ramsay if he would have wanted to see his officer show more restraint instead of shooting so quickly.
“So I can’t talk about this case in particular.. because we are still investigating it both internally and externally,” explains Ramsay.
The chief also addressed the release of body camera video of the incident. He said the video provided by the department showed the best angle. The video released was about seven seconds long. He added that officers from other agencies didn’t have body cameras.
“The video that was released gave the most view of what occurred. The other footage doesn’t show that what is seen. The people are behind cover.”
Chief Ramsay said that he cannot comment further on the investigation due to laws and policies. He said that the department will conduct its own review.
“At the conclusion of the criminal investigation, we will conduct a thorough review of the incident and do everything we can to prevent tragedies from this happening again,” he said. “I want to stress, we have great sympathy for the victims, and others that are affected by the reckless behavior.”