Police: "We Don't Want To Rush When A Life Is At Stake"

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Friday, July 12, 2013

A 32-plus-hour standoff with police at a south Wichita apartment complex came to a violent end late Thursday night when the suspect was killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

The standoff at the Southlake Village apartments, 4141 S. Seneca, ended about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

"There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect that we have been dealing with and the officers we have at the scene," Wichita Police Capt. Max Tenbrook said. "The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene."

Tenbrook says no law enforcement officers -- or anybody else in the apartment complex -- were hurt by any of the gunfire that erupted during the standoff. Officers from several agencies worked for more than 32 hours to bring the standoff to an end.

It lasted so long, Tenbrook said, because lives were at stake.

"We don't want to rush when a life is at stake, whether that be ours, an innocent person or a suspect's life," he said.

Law enforcement officers, including SWAT team members, tried to communicate with the suspect, believed to be Jared Lee Woosypiti. He was wanted in connection with an attempted robbery with shots fired Wednesday at the K-Mart at 47th Street South and Broadway and in connection with a Fourth of July stabbing in Derby.

"Obviously, this person was facing criminal charges," Tenbrook said. "We communicated that to him. Throughout these past two days, we have been communicating with him."

Tenbrook said the suspect excahnged fire with officers several times during the standoff, with the suspect firing on officers each time they approached him.

The deadly conclusion was not how police wanted the standoff to end.

"Absolutely not," Tenbrook said. "We tried everything we could. Our intent is to do it in a safe manner. That's another reason it took so long."

The investigation at the apartment complex could take days. Residents of buildings seven and eight still are not being allowed to return home.

Police are expected to release more information during a 10 a.m. briefing Friday.


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