DA: Deadly force justified in Jared Woosypiti shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. -- District Attorney Marc Bennett says the use of deadly force was justified in the shooting of Jared Woosypiti.

Woosypiti, 24, was already wanted in connection to stabbing in Derby when he walked into a south Wichita Kmart store on July 10 and tried to rob the pharmacy. When employees refused to give him prescription medication, he fired shots into the floor and ceiling and left.

He was soon tracked to the Southlake Village apartment complex in the 4100 block of South Seneca. Police tried to negotiate for his surrender, but he instead barricaded doors and windows.

During the course of the 32 hour standoff that ensued, police said Woosypiti fired on officers at least five time. Shortly before 11 p.m. on the second night, SWAT deployed explosives around the building in a final effort to force his surrender.

Moments later, additional shots were fired and Woosypiti was killed. No one else was hurt.

During a press conference Wednesday, District Attorney Marc Bennett said officers followed protocol and acted reasonably. Bennett says Woosypiti was given multiple chances to surrender during the 32-hour standoff. No charges will be filed against the officers involved.

Bennett says he discussed the decision with Woosypiti's family earlier this afternoon. He expressed his sympathy to the family, but said he does not see what else the officers could have done.

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