WICHITA, KS — Early this month, a Wichita police officer who was not named was faced with a scenario many might consider to be their worst fear — a home intruder, armed, in the middle of the night, with the drop on him.
As the attacker started giving him orders, the officer took action to defend not only his life, but the life of his wife and children also in the home.
A full-on gunfight ensued.
As KWCH reports:
Wichita police released more information regarding a deadly officer-involved shooting which ended with a suspect dead and an off-duty officer injured.
Police say around 3:17 a.m., near 21st and Maize Road, a masked intruder came into the officer’s home through an unlocked door. He was armed with a handgun. The suspect shot the officer in the leg, and the officer returned fire with his service weapon. The suspect was hit several times.
Both men were transported to the hospital. The suspect, identified as 24-year-old, Christian T. Webb, died from his injuries. The officer has since been treated and released. The officer’s wife and two children were inside the home during the incident. They were not hurt. Police say the firearm he used during the incident was stolen.
“This is a concerning incident and we are thankful the Officer has been released from the hospital and is recovering,” WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “We ask the community to keep our Officer and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they work through this traumatic incident.”…Police believe he may have been responsible for car break-ins down the street from the officer’s home near 21st and Maize Road.
Former neighbors say Webb was involved in multiple burglaries in their neighborhood. Court documents show he was arrested last December after breaking into a northeast Wichita home.
It’s hard to miss the lesson to take away from this incident. Do not leave your doors unlocked at night. Take a minute before you go to bed to check your doors and windows.
If you keep a door unlocked as a day-to-day policy — and I know several people that do — allow me to suggest that you might want to be a little more security-conscious. There’s no need to make yourself a target!
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