Friday, July 12, 2013
A resident of the apartment complex where a 32-hour standoff came to a deadly end Thursday night says the suspect fired at SWAT officers several times before they ever shot back.
Christie Gregg said the officers were friendly and helpful throughout the standoff. She said there is no doubt in her mind that law enforcement wanted to take the suspect alive.
"They would explain to us over and over that they wanted him out alive and they wanted it to be as calm as possible," Gregg said.
Gregg, who witnessed much of the standoff in the Southlake Village apartment complex between law enforcement and a man sources tell KAKE News was Jared Lee Woosypiti, 24, said SWAT officers were open with the residents about what they were trying to do.
"We got to see everything and they communicated with us a lot and they really did try hard to get him out alive," Gregg said. "That was the main thing they wanted."
The standoff took on another dynamic for Gregg. She said she and Woosypiti attended high school together. She remembers him as a nice guy and was shocked to learn he was wanted in connection with a stabbing in Derby and for firing a gun inside a KMart.
"I almost started crying," Gregg said. "I was in complete shock and it kind of broke my heart just because you knew who he was and to see where he was now was kind of heartbreaking."
Gregg believes law enforcement wanted the standoff to end peacefully, a point made several times by officials throughout the standoff.
"We tried everything we could," said Wichita Police Capt. Max Tenbrook. "Our intent is to do it in a safe manner. That's another reason it took so long."
"The ultimate goal is to get them to come out and have no one hurt," said Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.
Gregg said she could sense that from the officers staged in her apartment complex.
"A lot of people say things just to make everybody's nerves calm and you could tell they were being true about that," she said. "They really did want him out alive."