Dallas attack recalls memories of 1976 Wichita sniper

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WICHITA, Kan. (ABC) -

The sniper attack in Dallas is brought back vivid memories for some who lived through another, similar tragedy in Wichita nearly 40 years ago.

It was August 11, 1976 when 19-year-old Michael Soles killed three and wounded eight others in downtown Wichita.

Soles calmly carried his rifle through the Holiday Inn hotel lobby and took the elevator to the 26th floor. From the southeast balcony he took numerous shots on unsuspecting pedestrians and drivers below.

"If you notice every one of them run towards the gun shots. They don't run down the street and run away from them."

Retired Wichita police officer John Coonrod says the department didn't have a gun available that would reach the 26th floor to take out the sniper.  He says there was no choice but for him and officer Mike Hill to go the 26th floor and take Soles on.  Hill is said to have shot Soles with a shotgun and they were able to subdue and arrest him.

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Soles was convicted and continues his sentence in the El Dorado Correctional Facility.  His earliest release could come July of 2017.

Bobby Stout was a deputy police chief then.  

"We were able to take him without killing him and without getting themselves killed and that was a relief to all of us," Stout said.

Stout watched what occurred in the Dallas shootings and wants people to know understand the bravery of the officers under fire there. 

"If you notice every one of them run towards the gun shots," Stout said. "They don't run down the street and run away from them."  

And Stout says those officers who weren't killed or wounded were right back on the job the next day just like those Wichita officers were after the downtown sniper shooting 40 years ago.

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