Deputy shoots man firing handgun near Wichita DCF office

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a 60-year-old man who was firing a handgun near the Department for Children and Families office in southeast Wichita. 

Lt. Tim Myers says someone called 911 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday to report than a man was shooting behind the building near Pawnee and Oliver. Responding officers spotted the suspect in a creek area waving a gun.  

"Law Enforcement deployed behind cover in different locations and was able to observe the suspect fire at least 4 rounds in the direction of traffic that was traveling on George Washington Boulevard and towards the DCF building, which was open and occupied, along with the DCF parking lot that had an employee next to their car.," Lt. Myers said in a news release.

The DCF building was locked down as a precaution. 

Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon and the suspect fired two more rounds toward the DCF building and started to swing the gun toward law enforcement. Myers said that when a deputy fired two rounds from a rifle, striking the man in the shoulder. 

A SWAT vehicle was used to approach the suspect, identified as Richard Gore, and take him into custody and to a local hospital. He was released Wednesday afternoon and booked into jail for  five counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal discharge of a weapon.

Investigators recovered the handgun and 18 shell casings from the area where the suspect was shooting.

"The DCF building was struck along with at least one light pole. It does not appear that DCF was the target of the shooting at this point in our investigation."

It is believed Gore was intoxicated at the time of the incident. 

"We are appreciative of the help we received from the Wichita Police Department and thankful that no civilians or law enforcement personnel were injured during this incident."

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