NEWTON, Kan. — The man shot by a Newton police officer during a domestic violence call has died.
Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, an officer was dispatched to the Prairie Estates mobile home park in the 2100 block of Singletree Drive for the report of a domestic disturbance.
When he arrived, a 52-year-old woman outside told the officer that her husband hit her several times. The officer went to the front door and was confronted by the woman's husband, 52-year-old Sonny Wagner. He was brandishing a large hunting knife. The distance between Wagner and the officer was less than 10 feet.
The officer repeatedly told Wagner to put the knife down, but he refused. Wagner then raised the knife and walked toward the officer. The officer then fired his service weapon twice, hitting Wagner in the chest.
Wagner was taken to an area hospital in very critical condition and was soon after pronounced dead. The officer wasn't hurt.
The investigation is being conducted by the Harvey County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the KBI and Newton Police Department.
The officer is a 20-year veteran of the department and has been placed on administrative leave, per policy.