Man arrested for murder in deadly southeast Wichita shooting

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Photo: Kansas Dept. of Corrections, 2013 Photo: Kansas Dept. of Corrections, 2013
Bretodd Williams | Photo: KDOC, Sept. 2017 Bretodd Williams | Photo: KDOC, Sept. 2017

Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a 30-year-old man in southeast Wichita. 

Officers were called just before noon Wednesday to a shooting in the 1700 block of South Elpyco. They arrived to find a man lying in the street. He had been shot multiple times and died at the scene. 

Lt. Todd Ojile said the victim, Bretodd Williams, was walking a couple blocks from his home when the suspect approached him and fired several shots, killing Williams.

"As officers were coming into the area, two Sedgwick County sheriff deputies observed a suspicious male in the area of Harry and Oliver," Lt. Ojile said. "They watched this male go into a QuikTrip. They then entered into the QuikTrip, saw the male now wearing different clothing exit the building."

The deputies found the suspect's original clothing in the QT bathroom and checked the business' surveillance video. 

Wichita officers caught the man as he ran by the Payless north of Harry and Oliver. Sedgwick County Jail records state 31-year-old Emmanuel Reed was booked for first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. 

It's unknown if the victim and suspect knew each other, but Ojile said both are documented gang members.

The Kansas Department of Corrections website says Reed has prior convictions of aggravated battery, battery and attempted robbery. He was in and out of prison from 2008 until late 2014. Williams had prior convictions of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm by a juvenile, battery of an officer and aggravated escape. He was last released in September of 2017.

Wednesday's deadly shooting was Wichita's 2nd homicide of the week and 17th of 2018.

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