Police: Man shot after pointing gun at officers

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WICHITA, Kan. — Police have released new information concerning an officer-involved shooting in southwest Wichita yesterday.

It began around noon Tuesday when a man told a counselor over the phone that he was suicidal. That counselor called 911 after the man fired a shot.

Officers responded to check the welfare of the man at the home in the 2300 block of West Graber, near 31st Street South and Meridian.

When officers entered, police say the man was on a couch with a gun in his hand. They ordered him to drop the gun, but instead he pointed it at officers. Four officers opened fire.

The 45-year-old man was hit several times in the lower part of his body and rushed to an area hospital. Police say he's still in critical condition but expected to recover.

Once released, he's expected to be booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Police say the man may have also fired a shot into the home Monday in addition to the shot fired while he was on the phone with the counselor.

It's currently unclear if the suspect fired any shots at officers. Wichita Police Captain Brent Allred said this may have been an attempt of "suicide by cop."

The investigation continues.

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