GODDARD, Kan -- Two suspects have been charged in connection to a burglary over the weekend that led to shots being fired and a police chase.
Today in court, 27-year-old Christy Marie Baker and 51-year-old Raymond Leroy Weakly, both of Wichita, were formally charged.
Baker was charged with attempted burglary, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, three counts of criminal damage to property and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (meth).
Weakly was charged with attempted burglary. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for January 2.
In a briefing Wednesday morning, Captain Greg Pollock of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said investigators also recovered evidence that night from at least three other burglaries reported to the Wichita Police Department in November and December.
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Two people are in custody after an officer-involved shooting overnight.
A Goddard police officer was making routine checks near a storage unit around 11 p.m. Saturday when he noticed a gate open, Goddard Police Chief Sam Houston said. That officer and two other officers went in to investigate.
Inside the storage facility area they found two people who they believed might have been stealing items from the units.
The officers confronted the suspects – a man and a woman – who were in a vehicle. Police say the officers ordered the people to get out of the car but they refused. Instead, they tried to take off.
"They pulled forward trying to get away and almost struck an officer. Then they backed up and struck a police car. In doing so, they almost struck another officer that was outside the police car," Houston said.
He says the suspects' next maneuver was the final straw.
"The driver backed up again and almost ran over another officer," Houston said. "The officers felt they were in fear for their life and they opened fire on the vehicle, striking it twice," Houston said.
A police chase then followed through Goddard and into west Wichita, where the suspects later went into a ditch near Central and 151st Street West, Houston said. That's where they were arrested before being taken to the Sedgwick County jail.
Neither the suspects nor the officers were injured during the shooting and chase, Houston said.
There appeared to be some kind of burglary tools in the suspects' car that could have been used at the storage facility, Houston said.
Jim Hopper, the owner of the storage facility property in Goddard, says the town saw a rash of storage facility burglaries a couple of years ago. He says since then, he's seen an increase in police patrols. He says that may have made the difference in officers being in the right place at the right time Saturday night to quickly make the arrests.
Police arrested Christy Baker, 27 and Raymond Weakly, 51. Both of them live in Wichita, according to jail records. Weakly was arrested on charges of burglary. Baker was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and criminal damage to property, among other charges, according to the daily booking report.
Weakly has two previous arrests on drug charges. His last arrest was in 2000, according to Kansas criminal justice system records.
The Goddard Police officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. That is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting, Houston said.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office is taking the lead on investigating the shooting, Houston said.