WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police confirmed Friday that Will Robinson, the 39-year-old male QuikTrip security officer, who was critically injured in a shooting on Wednesday night, has passed away. The shooting happened in the area of Murdock and Broadway.
“How do you like your job at QT? He said he loved it because he get to help people, talk to people, be around the homeless, and he was just a giver,” said Donnie Robinson, Will Robinson’s father.
On Friday morning, Wichita police announced that they arrested 41-year-old Laroy West of Wichita on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm stemming from the Quik Trip shooting.
On Thursday evening, a lieutenant was doing a follow-up on the investigation and observed West in the area of 19th and Broadway. West was contacted and arrested without incident.
“During the investigation, we learned that he was an armed security guard employed by QuikTrip and had encountered a male who was causing a disruption inside the store,” Captain Jason Stephens, WPD, said. “He escorted this individual from this store and ultimately to the edge of the property where the disturbance continued. He ended up across the street, and after a short physical disturbance was shot by the suspect.”
QuikTrip issued the following statement on Friday:
“On behalf of the QuikTrip Family, we wish to express our deepest sympathies, our thoughts, and prayers to Will’s family and friends. There are not enough words to capture our sorrow. QuikTrip is absolutely devastated and heart-broken by the tragic loss of Will.”
“Will worked for QuikTrip for over a year and was a former Wichita police officer. We will miss Will tremendously and are honored that he served as a Division Protective Service Specialist,” said Aisha Jefferson-Smith spokeswoman for QuikTrip Corporation.
For regulars at that store, Robinson was more than a security guard.
“He touched everybody that came here. He was a wonderful fantastic man,” said Stephanie, a regular shopper at QuikTrip.
“He’s an amazing guy, always happy, very polite, he smile in the face all the time,” said Henry Nuñez.
Robinson was known to talk and help the nearby homeless community without judgment. “You got some special angels on this earth right, and he’s one, he’s a giver,” Donnie, said.
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