Colonel Greg Pollock says the 55-year-old man killed in a deputy-involved shooting pulled an airsoft pistol on the deputies before one shot him Monday afternoon.
Pollock said the man had felony warrants from 2015 for drug violations through the Wichita Police Department. At some point Monday, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office got a tip from a citizen that the man would be at the MaxSecure Storage at 3360 S. Hydraulic in south Wichita.
Two deputies responded to the scene and approached the man, who retreated to the driver side of his Ford Fusion. He was ordered to ‘stop,’ but did not comply. The man pulled out what appeared to be a pistol from his car and pointed it at the deputies. One deputy fired several rounds at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 1 p.m. Monday.
Pollock said through investigation, they learned the man’s weapon was an ‘airsoft pistol’, meaning it is plastic, intended to fire air-compressed rounds of plastic balls. However, there was no indication on the plastic gun that would have led the deputy to think it was a toy, Pollock said, like an orange tip on the barrel.
No deputies were injured during this shooting. The second deputy witnessed the shooting, but was not involved. The deputy who fired the shots is 40 years old and has 18 years of experience with SCSO. The other is 50 years old with 20 years of experience with the SCSO.
Pollock said from the moment deputies arrived on scene to the moment the man was shot was less than 30 seconds.
The responding unit does not currently have body cameras. The identity of the 55-year-old victim has not been released. Pollock said after the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center conducts an autopsy on the man, the Sheriff’s Office will release his name and cause of death.
The officer will be on administrative leave, according to policy. Pollock said two investigations will follow: one to investigate any possible criminal action by the deputy, the other to investigate any policy violations.
Pollock gave these statements during a press conference at 8:30 p.m. on Monday.
KSN News crews said more than a dozen law enforcement vehicles were near MaxSecure Storage quickly after the shooting occurred.
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