Monday, October 31, 2011
Police say the man who was shot and killed after a botched robbery was charging an officer with a knife raised above his head. 28 year-old DeJuan Colbert died about 30 minutes after the shooting at the Dollar General store near Pawnee and Meridian in Southwest Wichita Sunday night.
The KBI has been called in to investigate the deadly shooting. meanwhile, police say two other suspects were arrested, but a fourth man got away.
This isn't the first time this Dollar General has been robbed. In fact, police say just four weeks ago it happened, and very likely the same people were involved.
At seven minutes until 10:00 Sunday evening, an employee from inside the store made a frantic 911 call reporting the robbery. Three minutes later, three officers arrived. It's not clear which employee made the call for help, but Chief Norman Williams says one suspect encountered the store manager at the front and demanded access to the safe. The arriving officers could see one suspect inside with his face covered with a bandanna.
"The suspect turns at him and has the knife in his right hand," Williams explained. "He raises the knife above head and the officer gives him repeated commands to get down on ground and drop the knife."
When Colbert refused and continued charging at the officer, Williams says the officer opened fire with his service weapon. Colbert died about 30 minutes later. He was shot by all three officers who responded. Williams said Colbert had plenty of opportunity to stop and drop the knife, but refused.
"Mr. Colbert raised the knife above his head," said Williams. "He went after the officer. The officer gave commands. However, he did not comply with those commands. As one of our witnesses said, the officer had no other option."
Two other suspects were arrested inside the store after the shooting.
"They did not offer any resistance," said Lt. Ken Landwehr. "They were both armed with knives. Neither one of them offered any resistance to the officers as they entered the building after the shooting."
All three officers reportedly fired upon Colbert and have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
"We're always concerned anytime we have to remove officers from the street, but their health and well-being is imperative for us as an organization. We'll make adjustments," Chief Williams said.
Police have completed their investigation at the scene, but the store remained closed through the early afternoon hours on Monday.
A fourth suspect of the crime is still on the loose. Lt. Landwehr said it's believed he was waiting in the getaway car behind the store. He was driving a light blue 4-door sedan, but detectives do not have a good description of him. If you have any information to offer, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously at (316) 267-2111.
Monday, October 31, 2011
A man has died from his injuries sustained in an officer involved shooting.
Police responded to an attempted robbery at the Dollar General store on west Pawnee and Meridian just before 10pm Sunday night.
Police Chief Norman Williams said DeJuan Colbert, 27, came at officers with a knife raised above his head. Three officers fired shots at Colbert, killing him. Chief Williams said the officers gave Colbert repeated commands to drop the knife. He was one to two feet away from officers when he was shot.
Two other suspects were not injured and are in police custody. No officers were hurt in the incident. A fourth suspect got away. Officers are looking for a light blue 4 door vehicle.
The three officers have been placed on administrative leave.
KBI is assisting the Wichita Police Department in the investigation.
We will have more on KAKE News at 11:00.