WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police say a 26-year-old man is recovering after being shot by an officer responding to an emergency call from the man’s mother.
It happened Sunday night near Key West Court and Meridian in northwest Wichita.
The mother called police after her son showed up to the home and jumped in a lake behind. The mother told 911 that there was a no contact order between her son and his father.
“She also reported her son may be on methamphetamines, could be violent with police and has a history of being combative,” said Capt. Brent Allred Wichita Police Department.
Several officers arrived on the scene as the man walked to a nearby field.
Officers kept giving him verbal commands to surrender. During that time, the man grabbed his waistband drawing an object believed to be a handgun.
“The suspect put his hands to his sides briefly and extended both with the object. The officer fired three rounds,” said Capt. Allred.
Allred says the man was shot in the abdomen and was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police later determined an object in the man’s hand was not a gun.
The officer has been working with the department for seven months. He is on paid administrative leave, which is policy after a shooting.
Police said the KBI is handling the investigation to provide transparency.
Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney.