Update: Suspect captured after search near Kellogg and Webb

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Wichita police said a 33-year-old man is in custody after an officer fired at him at Kellogg and Webb. It happened just after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

A motorcycle patrol officer attempted to stop a man who was speeding and going the wrong direction on Kellogg. The suspect, identified as Brandon R. Hanafin, was allegedly driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.

He pulled behind the Club Rodeo building. The officer withdrew and caught up to him. The suspect attempted to strike the officer near a driveway on Orme Street.

“The motor unit officer fired his duty weapon twice toward the suspect vehicle,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department. 

The suspect took off on foot leading several agencies to help in the search. After two hours, he was located by a police K-9 and arrested. 

“They located him in a field to the south of this area, south of Orme,” said Davidson.

Hanafin was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for two city warrants and one county warrant. He also faces aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department assisted police in the search. 

Police said during the morning media briefing that the officer’s communication was hampered by the incident on South Oliver at the same time. They also said the motorcycle officer had trouble activating a body camera due to a coat he was wearing. Police are trying to review if the officer was able to catch some video. 

Police add the officer, a 22 year veteran of the department who fired his gun, is on paid administrative leave.


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