The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy shot a 60-year-old man allegedly firing a gun near the Kansas Department of Children and Families building. It happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies along with Wichita Police Department officers responded to the scene and reported that the man to the north of DCF had fired at least 18 shots towards George Washington Blvd. and DCF.
“Law enforcement gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, and the suspect fired two rounds towards the DCF building and then started to swing the weapon towards law enforcement. At 3:23 p.m., a deputy, who was equipped with a sheriff’s office issued rifle fired two shots at the male striking him one time in the shoulder area,” said Sheriff Jeff Easter.
A short time later an SWAT vehicle was used to approach the suspect.
The suspect, Richard J. Gore, was transported by EMS to Wesley hospital and was treated for his injury.
Gore has since been released from the hospital and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of five counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal discharge of a firearm.
Sheriff Easter said he believes the man was intoxicated. Earlier, Easter had sad the man was homeless. However, his address was listed at a storage unit. There is no indication that the man was targeting the DCF offices.
The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.
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Law Enforcement is working an incident in the area of Oliver/Pawnee. Please use Hydraulic and Woodlawn for N/S traffic and 31st and Mt. Vernon for W/E traffic. pic.twitter.com/JZpmPzoBsn— SG County Sheriff (@SGCountySheriff) November 27, 2018
LOCATION OF OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING