Two si­mul­ta­ne­ous po­lice shoot­ings rock east Wi­chita

The Wichita Eagle - - News - BY CHANCE SWAIM [email protected]­chi­taea­

Two sep­a­rate po­lice shoot­ings on the same side of town at the same time rocked the east­side of Wi­chita on Tues­day af­ter­noon and into the evening.

First, at 3:06 p.m., Wi­chita po­lice re­sponded to a re­port of a man shoot­ing a gun in a field be­hind the De­part­ment for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies build­ing near Pawnee and Oliver.

While law en­force­ment took cover and tried to con­vince the man, later iden­ti­fied as 60-year-old Richard J. Gore, to drop his weapon, an­other sit­u­a­tion was de­vel­op­ing near Kel­logg and Webb, ac­cord­ing to ac­counts by law en­force­ment agen­cies in Wi­chita.

A Wi­chita po­lice of­fi­cer on a mo­tor­cy­cle run­ning radar in a con­struc­tion zone on East Kel­logg clocked a Chevy Cavalier do­ing 56 in a 40 mph zone. When he tried to pull over the Cavalier, the driver flipped a U-turn and be­gan go­ing the wrong way on Kel­logg, Cpt. Brent Allred said.

The mo­tor­cy­cle cop chased the Cavalier into a park­ing lot near Club Rodeo, Allred said.

The of­fi­cer tried to call for help over his po­lice ra­dio, but be­cause his call went out over the same po­lice ra­dio chan­nel at the same time as the ac­tiveshooter sit­u­a­tion, he had a hard time get­ting through, Allred said.

“He was hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time get­ting on the po­lice ra­dio to no­tify dis­patch of this ve­hi­cle pur­suit and have re­spond­ing of­fi­cers re­spond,” Allred said.

The driver of the Cavalier, iden­ti­fied by po­lice on Wed­nes­day as 33-year-old Bran­don Hanafin, had a traf­fic war­rant with the city and a child sup­port war­rant with the county, Wi­chita po­lice Of­fi­cer Charley David­son said.

Af­ter watch­ing the sus­pect cir­cle be­hind Club Rodeo, the of­fi­cer po­si­tioned him­self near a pri­vate drive­way where the Cavalier even­tu­ally pulled out, Allred said.

The of­fi­cer thought the driver would turn left, Allred said, but in­stead he “made an abrupt turn and drove head on” to­wards him, get­ting within about 6 feet of the of­fi­cer.

Be­cause of the way he had po­si­tioned him­self in the pri­vate drive, “the of­fi­cer had nowhere to go,” Allred said.

The of­fi­cer fired two shots at Hanafin, Allred said. Nei­ther shot hit him, and he “quickly swerved” away from the of­fi­cer. Hanafin drove away and es­caped on foot.

The of­fi­cer would have to wait for backup to ar­rive.

Around that time, near the DCF build­ing, a sher­iff’s deputy had slipped into po­si­tion to the east of the 60-year-old man who had been fir­ing shots at the oc­cu­pied build­ing, Sher­iff Jeff Easter said.

Gore, who ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated, was “wav­ing around and fir­ing” a hand­gun be­hind the build­ing. Po­lice at­tempts to get him to drop the gun were un­suc­cess­ful. He had fired into traf­fic on Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard.

The deputy had Gore in the scope of his ri­fle from about 200 yards away. The man, who po­lice orig­i­nally thought was home­less but was later dis­cov­ered to have an ad­dress and had been liv­ing in a “stor­age area,” turned the gun to­ward po­lice of­fi­cers, Easter said.

That’s when the deputy, who was not iden­ti­fied, shot Gore in the up­per shoul­der area, Easter said.

The SWAT team moved in and dis­armed Gore af­ter he was shot. Gore is ex­pected to sur­vive his in­juries and will be ar­rested af­ter he’s re­leased from the hos­pi­tal, Easter said.

The same SWAT team that helped dis­arm Gore then drove to the shoot­ing near Club Rodeo, Allred said.

Po­lice didn’t know if that man, who had ditched the Cavalier, had weapons or where he was.

The SWAT team, Kansas High­way Pa­trol, Sedg­wick County Sher­iff’s Of­fice all joined a search of the area.

Af­ter about three hours, po­lice found Hanafin hid­ing in a wooded area to the south­east of Kel­logg and Webb. He tried to run from po­lice again at that time, but a po­lice dog stopped him from get­ting away, Allred said.

Hanafin was bit­ten by a po­lice dog dur­ing the ar­rest, but his in­juries were mi­nor. Af­ter be­ing treated for the bites, Hanafin was booked into jail on mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, Allred said.

Allred said it ap­pears the of­fi­cer made “mul­ti­ple at­tempts” to turn on his body cam­era to cap­ture some of the in­ci­dent, but it’s un­clear whether the of­fi­cer was suc­cess­ful.

Easter said in his 30 years in lo­cal law en­force­ment, this is the first time Wi­chita has two of­fi­cer­in­volved shoot­ings at the same time.

“It was a lit­tle bit hec­tic there for a lit­tle bit,” Easter said.

The deputy and the of­fi­cer were both placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave Wed­nes­day, of­fi­cials said, but are ex­pected to re­turn to work some­time next week.

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