Man killed by officers was involved in deadly shooting last year

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The man killed by officers after he repeatedly fired at them during a multi-county chase was involved in the deadly shooting of a Wichita man last year.

Brandon Kirksey, 32, was killed in a shooting on September 10 in the 1900 block of West Rita, the same area where the man who killed him, Charles Johnston, was located late Wednesday night. 

Kirksey's widow, Sasha, says Johnston was never prosecuted because investigators ruled the shooting a case of self-defense. But she disagrees. 

She said she wasn't surprised when she learned Johnston was in trouble with authorities again. And she didn't hold back when asked her how she viewed the overnight chase and shootout

"I feel like since justice wasn't served, it was a relief to know that something happened," Sasha Kirksey said. "I mean, that karma has got him."

Lt. Jeff Gilmore said after September's shooting that officers found Kirksey lying face down in a driveway, suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He died about 30 minutes later at a local hospital. 

"The investigation has revealed that there was an ongoing dispute between Charles and Brandon and that Brandon had gone to Charles' residence," Gilmore said. "When Brandon arrived, he was met by Charles and immediately received gunfire."

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Johnston has served time for aggravated battery, evade and elude, and obstruction convictions in Saline County. He was paroled in July of this year. 

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