WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A man has been arrested and charged in the case involving a Wichita police officer who was run over by a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened around 1 p.m. near Topeka and Kinkaid. Police said the officer, identified as Brian Arterburn, was still in critical but stable condition. He sustained injuries to his chest, abdomen, and brain according to Doctor James Haan, medical director of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.
Wichita Police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said that the 31-year-old suspect has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and other charges. He has been identified as Justin Francisco Terrazas according to arrest records. Woodrow said the man has an extensive criminal background.
Police said the incident started around 1:07 p.m. when police officers were block of monitoring a house in the 2100 South Topeka. There was a stolen vehicle at the home and a known suspect who had several felony warrants that they were watching.
While police were there, the suspect got into the stolen vehicle and took off, striking Brian Arterburn who was outside of his vehicle. Another officer on the scene shot one round at the suspect.
“The suspect nor the vehicle were hit. A vehicle pursuit ensued, and the suspect fled into a business located in the 600 block of East Pawnee,” said Deputy Chief Salcido, Wichita Police Department.
The suspect fled into a business and was taken into custody by the help of a K-9 officer.
“We just heard a lot of sirens, and we came out, I was having lunch, and there were police cars swarming in from everywhere, and I heard one officer say “drop the gun, drop the gun and so I kind of went back inside. It was a little scary,” Rebecca Hudson, witness.
Police said the suspect is in custody booked on charges of suspicion of attempted first-degree murder among other charges.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and Kansas Highway Patrol are assisting in the investigation.
Meanwhile, police are offering their thoughts to the officer.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family and friends, as well as everyone affected by this incident,” added Salcido.
In lieu of flowers and cards, the family is accepting donations through the Honore Adversis Foundation. Here is the information:
The Honore Adversis Foundation
477 N Seneca
Wichita, KS 67203http://www.thin-blue-line.org/
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Many in the community are looking for ways they can help out the officer and the family of the injured officer is asking that donations be sent to the Honor Adversis Foundation. The foundation provides important financial assistance and services to officers involved with the Fraternal Order of Police”here in Wichita. You can click here to go to their website.