Man killed in Wichita police shootout fired dozens of times into neighbor's wall

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say a 56-year-old man who was killed in a shootout with officers had fired approximately 52 rounds into a wall he shared with two neighbors. 

Fred Burton's neighbors called 911 just before 2 a.m. Thursday to report what they thought was an explosion at MacArthur's Lake Apartments at 727 West MacArthur. Officers arrived saw saw gunshot holes in the wall and heard additional gunshots.

In addition to the dozens of gunshot holes in the one wall, Capt. Brent Allred said there were three more rounds fired into another common wall. 

"Based on what we saw, the individuals living there were very extremely lucky that those individuals were not struck by gunfire," Allred said Friday morning. 

Officers then began evacuating the apartments around the source of gunfire and notified other officers of the situation. SWAT and negotiator teams were called in to assist.

Officer Charley Davidson said the negotiator team attempted multiple times to communicate with Burton. They were unsuccessful. 

"During the four-hour standoff, officers continued to receive gunfire from Burton that struck area complex buildings and two WPD SWAT armored vehicles," Davidson said. "Officers learned Burton was in a mental health crisis and had multiple previous contacts with Burton around mental health issues."

Davidson said Burton pointed a rifle at officers and fired more shots toward them just before 6 a.m. Two SWAT officers returned fire, fatally wounding Burton. 

"One WPD officer involved is a sergeant and a 15-year-veteran of the department. The second WPD officer involved is a detective and a 13-year-veteran of the department.  Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol of officer-involved shootings."

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Police and the KBI are investigating the incident. 

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