Home invasion suspect had gun stolen from car, Wichita police say

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police say a man who entered a Wichita home and was killed by the off-duty officer who lives there had a gun stolen from a car at a nearby store.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the gun used in Tuesday morning's home invasion had been taken from a car in the parking lot of the Best Buy in New Market Square. It was a 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P.

"This highlights the issue that we've been talking about many, many times on leaving guns in vehicles," Chief Ramsay said.

As of July 2, 146 guns have been stolen from cars in Wichita. There were 347 in all of 2017. Ramsay said the number has steadily climbed each year since 2011, when 66 guns were taken from cars.

"That is a preventable crime," he said. "These guns now are likely in the hands of bad guys. And as we saw this week, used in a very, very serious crime."

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Police say 24-year-old Christian Webb entered the home near 21st and Maize Road though the open garage door. As Webb, armed with that stolen gun, gave the off-duty officer orders, the officer was able to retrieve his service weapon and a shootout ensued, Ramsay said.

Webb was shot several times and died at a local hospital. The officer had a gunshot wound to the leg and was released from the hospital later that day. He likely will not be charged.

Police believe the incident was random.

Number of cases with a stolen firearm and the number of stolen firearms:

  • 2010: 61, 73
  • 2011: 51, 66
  • 2012: 86, 123
  • 2013: 97, 123
  • 2014: 81, 96
  • 2015: 147, 180
  • 2016: 188, 222
  • 2017: 293, 347
  • 2018 (Through 7/2): 130, 146

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