Two simultaneous police shootings rock east Wichita
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.