Police arrest third suspect in officer-involved shooting, crash, carjacking and chase


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police provided some new updates on an officer-involved shooting, crash, carjacking, and chase.

The stolen Jeep being pursued by police crashed into a Buick in the McDonald’s drive-thru. (KSN Photo)

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to the McDonald’s at 21st and Amidon after receiving a report that several suspects were in a stolen 1999 white Jeep. The Jeep was stolen from the 1400 block of West Murdock.

Officers attempted to stop that Jeep in the drive-thru, and one officer fired three rounds when the Jeep drove towards them.

The Jeep drove around McDonald’s and struck a white Buick Century. A 72-year-old woman, who was driving the Buick, was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Jeep as it approached Wichita police officers at McDonald’s drive-thru. (Courtesy: Wichita Police Department)

“When officers attempted to take the suspects into custody, the driver of the suspect vehicle, the stolen vehicle, actually drove at one of our officers, the officers fired several rounds at the vehicle and the vehicle drove through the drive-thru lane and struck a white four door vehicle,” said officer Paul Cruz, Wichita Police Department spokesman.

The Jeep took off to the 3000 block of North Halstead where it crashed into a tree. A 30-year-old woman, identified as Daphne Hays, was arrested and booked on suspicion of interference with a law enforcement officer and obstruct. She also had a warrant.

Two men ran from the scene.

Wichita police on the scene near 29th and Halstead after the stolen Jeep being pursued crashed. (KSN Photo)

Police said one of the suspect’s, 30-year-old Zachary Ausdemore, carjacked a Honda CRV from a couple in the 2400 block of North Stauffer. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office joined in and began pursuing the CRV in a high-speed chase.

Authorities pursued the vehicle south to the area of 167th Street and K-42 where the CRV crashed into a pond.

Ausdemore was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. He has since been arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and for an outstanding warrant out of Nebraska.

The third suspect, 26-year-old James Stanford of Newton was taken into custody near 29th and Meridian after fleeing on foot. Authorities identified Stanford as the driver of the white Jeep.

Stanford was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery, flee and elude and theft.

He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday after being released from the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Stanford has his bond set at $100,000 and has a scheduled court appearance on Oct. 3.

There are no other suspects. The investigation is ongoing.

The officer who fired his weapon is on administrative leave from the department. He has been on the force a year and eight months.




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