Wichita police announce use of 'less lethal' weapon system

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police are trumpeting a new less-lethal weapon system as a way to preserve life during strenuous life-threatening situations. 

"Recognizing the sanctity of life is a priority within our police department," said Chief Gordon Ramsay.

The department's goal for this new tool is to provide potential less-lethal outcomes to very dangerous situations."

Woodrow said the new system is already in use, highlighted by a situation with a suicidal man at a home last month.

"A 39-year-old male was suicidal and sitting in the back yard of a home with a kitchen knife to his neck," said Sgt. Nikki Woodrow.

After officer's pleas to the man to remove the weapon, it was decided to deploy the ALS Tac 40 less-lethal weapon system.

Ramsay said the tool 'essential shoot a foam-type round out of a 40 mm launcher."

"The use of this tool allowed officers to take the (man) into protective custody, and transport him to an area hospital to receive mental health treatment," Woodrow said. 

It's something the WPD hopes can continue to save lives in the future.

"We don't want to take lives if we don't have to," Ramsay said. "Obviously, saving lives and recognizing the sanctity of life is our priority."

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • WPD investigating home video camera tampering

      A Wichita man isn't happy  after a police officer tampered with his home surveillance camera.

    • Suspect sought in north Wichita shooting

      A woman is in critical condition after a shooting in north Wichita.

    • Michael Golub

      Kansas man still missing after 13 years

      Michael Golub was 27 when he went missing 13 years ago. Golub was on his way to pick up his 5-year-old son at the Stanton County home of Shannon Floyd.

    • South Carolina grocery censors graduation cake

      A South Carolina woman isn't happy a grocery store censored her honor graduate son's cake, which was supposed to include the Latin phrase "Summa Cum Laude."    

    • (Gaston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This Sunday, May 20, 2018, booking photo provided by the Gaston County Sheriff's Office shows Roger Self. Police say that Self intentionally rammed a vehicle into a restaurant shortly after midday Sunday, May 20...

      Pastor: Mental illness drove man to ram car into his family

      Authorities say man intentionally rammed vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant busy with weekend lunch crowd, killing his daughter, another person and injuring several others.
    • 1 critically hurt in north Derby bicycle crash

      One person is critically hurt in an accident on the north side of Derby.

    • (2-20-2017 KAKE) Carl Brewer announces he will run for Kansas Governor at Wichita's Hotel at Old Town.

      Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has picked another ex-mayor from the state's most populous county as his running mate for the Democratic nomination for governor.    

    • Picture that! Suspect shot by liquor store manager

      A teen who tried to hold up a southeast Wichita liquor store was shot and wounded by the manager of the store Tuesday afternoon. 

    • Kansas teacher retires after 50 years at same school

      A northeast Kansas science teacher is retiring after 50 years at the same high school.  

    • Police officer testifies about "swatting" shooting death

       A California man accused of making a hoax call that led to police shooting an unarmed man in Kansas is returning to court, where a judge is set to decide if there is enough evidence to put him on trial for involuntary manslaughter.