Man killed in officer-involved shooting in north Wichita

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Wichita's police chief says an officer shot and killed a suspect who was holding a woman at knifepoint inside a north Wichita home Monday morning.

Officers responded to a report of domestic violence in the 1300 block of North Wellington Place. Chief Gordon Ramsay said the 29-year-old suspect, later identified as Jose Ortiz, was armed with a knife and holding his 42-year-old girlfriend against her will.

Officers were unsuccessful in contacting Ortiz by phone, and they called SWAT and negotiators to the scene about 45 minutes after arriving on scene. 

Chief Ramsay said while authorities were stationed in the front yard, they heard the victim's screams escalating. 

"A Wichita police sergeant and three officers made entry into the home via the front door, concerned that the female was being physically harmed," Chief Ramsay said.

As they officers entered, they saw Ortiz tightly holding his girlfriend in the dining room, Ramsay said. Her hands were tied behind her back, and Ortiz was holding a knife to her side. 

"The victim also arched her back and screamed, and one officer in particular felt that she was being stabbed and fired one round."

Ortiz was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was treated at the scene. 

Also in the home at the time were two women, ages 46 and 25, a 17-year-old boy and four children, ages 11, 10, 9 and three. 

"Keep in mind that the Wichita Police Department holds the sanctity of life in high regard, and our ultimate goal is to never take a life," Chief Ramsay said. "But in this situation, obviously it was very dynamic and fluid, and , you know, it's a sad situation."

Ramsay said he has met with Ortiz's family and that he is sorry for their loss.

Ramsay showed still photos from an officer's body camera that show Ortiz behind the victim, holding her in the dining room. One photo shows her hands tied behind her back with a black cord. 

Witnesses told police Ortiz may have been high on meth.

The officer who shot the suspect is an 18-year veteran of the force. The Sedgwick County DA's office and the KBI are investigating. 

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A suspect has died following an officer-involved shooting in north Wichita. 

Officers were called at around 7:15 a.m. Monday to a report of domestic violence with a weapon in the 1300 block of North Wellington Place, near 13th and Waco. Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler said someone in the front yard of a home told police that a suspect and a victim were in the house.

"He had a knife. As the officers approached the house, (the suspect) made statements that he would hurt the individual," Seiler said.

Officers eventually made entry into the home and attempted to assist the victim, a female. 

"A shot was fired, and the suspect in the case has been transported to St. Francis Medical Center in critical condition."

The suspect's sister told KAKE's Lily Wu that was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Deputy Chief Seiler said an officer fired the shot that fatally wounded the 29-year-old suspect. 

The victim was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

Seiler would not comment on the relationship between the suspect and the victim. No names were released.

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