Man shot after allegedly firing at Wichita officers during pursuit

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Scene where chase ended at Maple and Maize Road. Scene where chase ended at Maple and Maize Road.
Police chase ends in parking lot of Family Video at Maple and Maize in west Wichita Police chase ends in parking lot of Family Video at Maple and Maize in west Wichita
Shots fired and chase begins in the 700 block of North Gilda Shots fired and chase begins in the 700 block of North Gilda
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A suspect is hospitalized but expected to survive after being shot in the jaw by police in Wichita.

Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston says a man shot at officers responding at around 10 a.m. Wednesday to a disturbance call at a business in the 700 block of North Gilda. Officers were called there after someone saw the suspect stealing mail. 

"The suspect fired shots inside the business and then fired more shots at officers in the parking lot," Livingston said.

Police returned fire. Officers were not struck by gunfire and the man took off in a stolen Nissan pickup.

"We later learned the suspect was shot once in his lower jaw, and have no reason to believe that that wound was self-inflicted."

Livingston says the suspect shot at another officer during the chase at Central and I-235, and swerved the stolen truck at an officer deploying stop sticks at Maple and Meridian.

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The chase ended with a crash in the Parking lot of the Family Video at Maple and Maize, and the suspect was apprehended. He is hospitalized in fair but stable condition.

A law enforcement source identified the suspect as 21-year-old Elijah Martinez. Last month, Wichita police asked for help in finding him and two other burglary suspects. He's the subject of pending charges and has also served probation for two counts of burglary.

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A woman who was with Martinez is in custody. 

Police say one officer suffered a hand injury, but it isn't yet clear how.

Two officers were placed on administrative leave. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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Wichita's police chief says a "chronic offender" is being treated for a gunshot wound after a pursuit and allegedly firing at officers.

Officers were called at around 10 a.m. to the report of an officer in trouble near Central and Gilda, near 235. A KAKE News photographer's dash camera caught a glimpse of the chase as it passed the intersection of Central and West Street. It ended in the Family Video parking lot at Maple and Maize.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the suspect, who was driving a silver pickup, shot at officers on Maize Road.

The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the face. It wasn't immediately clear if the suspect was shot by officers or if he shot himself, Ramsay said.

Ramsay said the suspect was being followed by a witnesses to a crime when officers became involved and a pursuit began. That the suspect is well known to police, he said.

Additional information was not immediately available.

KAKE News has multiple crews gathering information. Check back for updates.

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