WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said 51-year-old Debra D. Arbuckle was shot and killed after a chase involving Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies.
The sheriff’s office said the pursuit Monday involved a gray Volkswagon. It started around 3:15 a.m. on MacArthur west of K-15.
“The suspect refused to stop and led deputies on a pursuit that lasted approximately 19 minutes,” said Col Brian White, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. “During the pursuit, tire deflation devices were deployed on two occasions. Both deployments were successful, but the driver refused to stop.”
The sheriff’s office said a tactical vehicle intervention was attempted three times during the pursuit before it ended on Webb Road just south of Harry. The officer said they gave several commands for the woman to turn off the vehicle. She did not comply.
“The suspect placed the vehicle in reverse and accelerated toward the deputies,” said Col. White. “Fearing for his life and the other deputies, the deputy fired several rounds striking the suspect.”
Arbuckle, who was the lone occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was transported to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center for an autopsy to determine her exact cause of death.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedwick County District Attorney’s Office and professional standards unit of the sheriff’s office were all notified. The KBI is assisting in the investigation.
“There are multiple body camera videos to review and multiple patrol vehicle videos to review,” said Col. White.
There were no injuries to the deputies involved in the chase.
The deputy who fired the shots is 26 years old and has been with the sheriff’s office for almost six years.
“It is unfortunate at any time someone is injured or killed in a use of force incident,” said Col. White. “Whenever an incident such as this occurs, we conduct a thorough investigation to determine if there were any violations of law or our policy.”
Once the investigation is complete, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office will review the case.
Arbuckle had three active felony arrest warrants in Sedgwick County at the time of the pursuit. The warrants were issued for failing to appear in court on criminal charges of possession of opiates, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a weapon by a felon, and traffic charges. Arbuckle has been arrested 38 times.
Thirty-five times in Sedgwick County, two times in Newton, and once in Texas.
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