Kansas officer critically injured, suspect dead after shooting

Kansas officer critically injured, suspect dead after shooting

A Kansas policeman is in critical condition and therefore the one that fired at officers is dead after a shootout in Wichita, authorities said.

Two cops were checking on the welfare of a 32-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter at a range in south Wichita around 10:15 p.m. Saturday when the shooting began. Police said the lady reported having a physical fight together with her boyfriend before officers arrived, but she thought the person had left.

Wichita Deputy captain Jose Salcido said officers found the person , 28-year-old Tyler Hodge, hiding during a shed within the backyard with a rifle. Body camera footage released Sunday showed Hodge ignoring officers’ commands to place the shoot before he stood up and opened fire.

One of the officers was hit several times and was rushed to a hospital. He remained in critical but stable condition Sunday.

As additional officers arrived, Hodge continued shooting at them. Police said he fired 18 rounds total and also struck a cruiser and three homes within the area.

Police returned fire, and Hodge was struck once. He died at the scene.

Two officers involved within the shooting are placed on administrative leave, which is standard department protocol, and therefore the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

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