Sheriff's office identifies woman killed by deputy in Wichita

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Debra Arbuckle (Kansas Dept. of Corrections - 2018) Debra Arbuckle (Kansas Dept. of Corrections - 2018)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities have identified a 51-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a deputy in east Wichita early Monday morning.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says Debra Arbuckle, of Andover, fled from Wichita police and then deputies before the chase ended near Webb Road and Mt. Vernon at around 3:30 a.m.

Col. Brian White said Monday afternoon that after a tactical vehicle intervention, the woman put her car in reverse and accelerated toward deputies. One of them fired several rounds, striking and killing her. 

"It is unfortunate anytime someone is injured or killed in a use of force event. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office extends sympathy to the members of Arbuckle’s family," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

According to the sheriff's office, Arbuckle had three active felony warrants for failure to appear on drug charges, criminal possession of a firearm and traffic charges. She has been arrested a total of 38 times:  35 in Sedgwick County, twice in Newton and once in Texas. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records list Arbuckle as a Community Corrections absconder. 


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Authorities say a Sedgwick County deputy shot and killed a woman who drove her car toward law enforcement early Monday morning. 

It began shortly after 3 a.m. when Wichita police attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations. Sedgwick County deputies attempted to stop the same vehicle about 15 minutes later near K-15 and MacArthur. A pursuit ensued. 

Col Brian White with the sheriff's office said the pursuit lasted 19 minutes. Deputies successfully deployed two tire deflation devices and attempted three tactical vehicle interventions. The second was successful, but the woman regained control and kept driving. The chase ended on the third attempt near Webb Road and Mt. Vernon.

Deputies gave commands for the suspect to turn off her car, but Col. White said did not comply.

"The suspect placed the vehicle in reverse and accelerated toward the deputies," Col. White said. "Fearing for his life and the other deputies, the deputy fired several rounds striking the suspect."

The suspect, a woman around 50 years of age, died at the scene. Her name was not released. 

(MORE: Neighbors shaken by deputy-involved shooting)

No law enforcement officers were hurt. 

The sheriff's office notified the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the county DA's office and the department's professional standards unit. The KBI is assisting with the investigation. 

The 26-year-old deputy who fired on the suspect has been with the department for almost six years. 

Col. White said the suspect had three outstanding warrants. He said she had absconded from Community Corrections and has been arrested over 30 times in the past.

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