Family remembers two sides of man killed in deputy-involved shooting

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Here Bosiljevac is seen in a mugshot shared by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. Here Bosiljevac is seen in a mugshot shared by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.
The Bosiljevac family remembers David Bosiljevac from happier times. The Bosiljevac family remembers David Bosiljevac from happier times.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

We now know the identity of the man who died in Monday's deputy-involved shooting on South Hydraulic, a man who was armed with an airsoft gun and a criminal record.  He's 55-year-old David Michael Bosiljevac.

"He was a good person," said his brother, Dan Bosiljevac.  "I mean.. if he wasn't using the drugs, he was a great person. He really was. And I know everybody always says that.

Bosiljevac's family say he battled the demon of drug addiction for years and they believe that battle is what led to his death.  But when he was clean they say he was a loving grandfather and uncle who would sacrifice himself to help others.

"He fought his demons.  I mean, he just... it was one of those things.  He just couldn't beat the drugs no matter how hard he tried," Dan said.

He remembers David as his loving older brother and says David was so much more than his death would suggest.

"He was a good person....If he wasn't using the drugs, he was a great person.  He really was.  And I know everybody always says that," Dan explained.

After finishing his first drug treatment program in New Mexico, his brother says David stuck around to help others.

"He completed the program and also stayed and helped more people down the road, even though he was able to leave the program," he said.  "He taught, like, GED classes and stuff."

He also helped his brother operate a bar in Nebraska.

"He helped me with my bar.  Even...after he got out of drug treatment and he was successful there."

But, David Bosiljevac had multiple felony convictions for domestic violence, child abuse or abandonment, and drug abuse.  His family says he made threats but never got physical and completed all the requirements of his sentences. 

When the civil engineer struggled to find work in Nebraska due to his criminal record, Bosiljevac's family says David moved to Wichita for work.  They thought he was doing well here.  That is until they learned that Monday, while trying to arrest him on a felony warrant in South Wichita, Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies shot him.

"What we heard from people that we talked to down there is that he was doing better and it sounds like maybe, in just the last week or two, kind of fell off the wagon, possibly, again," said Dan. 

Investigators say Bosiljevac ignored orders to stop, then pointed what looked like a real gun at deputies.  It turned out to be an air soft gun.

His family says the drug addict side of David was one few people saw.

"He was a grandfather of four beautiful grandchildren. an uncle to a lot of nieces and nephews.  A lot of people didn't see the bad side of him.  A lot of people only saw the Dave that was the good Dave," Dan said.

The investigation into Bosiljevac's death continues.  At this time the coroner is completing the autopsy.

His family is waiting for investigators to release his body. Then they plan to hold a funeral for him in Nebraska later this week.