Man tries to take deputy's gun at Sedgwick County Courthouse

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KDOC photo (Sept. 2017) KDOC photo (Sept. 2017)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says a man who was arrested Thursday morning tried to take a deputy's gun in a courthouse elevator. 

Isaac Pankratz was arrested for a felony warrant and criminal possession of a firearm after deputies responded to a report of criminal damage to property in the 5100 block of South Hemlock Place, near Oaklawn. 

The sheriff's office said as Pankratz was being escorted to Sheriff's Investigations at the courthouse, he "attempted to take control of the deputy's firearm" in an elevator. 

"Mr. Pankratz was handcuffed behind his back at the time he attempted to gain control of the deputy's firearm," the sheriff's office said. "As Mr. Pankratz was being restrained, he sustained minor injuries to his forehead."

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then booked into jail. The jail's website shows he was held on $50,000 bond for failure to comply. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records state Pankratz has served time in prison for convictions of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of burglary and theft. He was last released in November and his post-release expired in January. 

Pankratz is registered as a violent offender. 

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