Police Release Full Video Of Officer-Involved Shooting

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

UPDATE: Monday, August 27, 2012

Wichita police have released the full surveillance video that shows officers shooting and killing DeJuan Colbert during the robbery of a Dollar General Store in October of 2011. They have asked KAKE News to make the full video available to the public and we are complying with that request.

Wichita police say they are releasing this video as an education tool in an effort to show the public how quickly officers must act in these situations and to help the public better understand how officers make the decision to use deadly force.

Meanwhile, outside City Hall Monday, a group of demonstrators from Occupy Wichita continued their months-long protest against what they call police brutality and excessive force.

"While it appears that the officers in this case may have acted in the interest of their own safety, we do have concerns that the fact that 36 rounds were fired at one suspect," said Occupy Wichita Spokesperson Mike Shatz. "This seems not only excessive, but very dangerous."

Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said this dramatic crime was very similar to many officer-involved shooting scenarios where the officer has to make life and death decisions in milliseconds.

"We train officers to stop violence," Stolz said. "We don't train officers to go back out in the parking lot to huddle and strategize and determine who's going to do what."

We warn you that this video is very graphic and will be disturbing to many viewers.

UPDATE: Monday, August 27, 2012

Wichita Police today released more information on a deadly shooting at a south Wichita store. DeJuan Colbert, 28, was shot and killed by officers after he robbed the Dollar General store near Pawnee and Meridian October 30, 2011.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office ruled last week that deadly force was justified in the case.

Police said the three officers fired 35 shots at Colbert as ran toward the officers holding a knife.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office has found that deadly force was justified in the shooting death of Wichita man during a robbery.

Wichita police shot and killed DeJuan Colbert, 28, while responding to a robbery at the Dollar General store near Pawnee and Meridian Oct. 30, 2011.

The investigation showed that officers arrived at the scene shortly after an employee called 911 to report the crime. Officers arrived to find Colbert inside the store, with a knife in his hand. The officer demanded that Colbert drop his weapon.

The District Attorney's office said Colbert responded by charging at the officer. The officer then started firing shots at Colbert. Two other officers were outside the store, heard the gun shots, and then started firing at Colbert to stop the suspect.

Colbert died about 30 minutes later.

The investigation found that Colbert posed a deadly and imminent threat to the officers and employees inside the store. The District Attorney's office said deadly force was necessary under the circumstances.

The officers involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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