WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Wichita Police Department identified the suspect killed in Monday's bank robbery and officer-involved shooting as 50-year-old Paul Peraza. Police say Peraza has previously been convicted for a bank robbery and an armed bank robbery. 

Police responded to a bank robbery at around 3:40 p.m. Monday at the Golden Plains Credit Union in the 9500 block of E. Corporate Hills Dr., near Webb and Kellogg. 

Peraza reportedly entered the bank, walked behind the counter and demanded money. Employees told police they did not see a weapon but feared for their safety. Police say Peraza was handed money and then fled the scene in a gray Toyota Tundra, traveling north on Webb. Officers noted the Tundra was reported stolen on Dec. 14.

A WPD officer located the suspect vehicle traveling north on Webb and attempted to the stop the vehicle. Police say Peraza refused to stop and led the officer on a pursuit. 

Photo courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

WPD released video of the chase, showing Peraza driving away from the officer and at times driving into oncoming traffic.

Police say Peraza wrecked the Tundra into a Chevrolet Tahoe stopped at a red light at the intersection of 13th and Webb. The driver received minor injuries. 

In the video, the suspect vehicle is seen crashing into the Tahoe and then reverses into a patrol vehicle. Police say the officer in the vehicle was not injured.

Police say the officer, concerned for his safety and the public's safety, fired shots and struck Peraza. Peraza then drove forward and struck a Honda Accord.

EMS responded to render aid to Peraza but pronounced him dead at the scene. Investigators recovered money from the robbery in the bed of the pick-up truck.

The WPD officer involved in the shooting has been with the department for nine years and has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard protocol in officer involved shootings.

After the incident, police learned Peraza was convicted of a bank robbery in California in 1996. Peraza was also convicted in an armed bank robbery in 2006 in Oklahoma and was placed on federal probation.

WPD arrested Peraza on Dec. 10 for felon in possession of firearm, possession of illegal weapons, possession of methamphetamine, auto theft, possession of narcotics and possession of a narcotic instrument. 

WPD says a federal probation violation warrant was issued for Peraza on Dec. 14.

The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the FBI and KBI.

Previous updates:

The suspect in a bank robbery in east Wichita has died after he was shot by police. 

Wichita Police Department Capt. Wendell Nicholson said police responded to a bank robbery at approximately 4:00 p.m. at the Golden Plains Credit Union, near Webb and Kellogg. 

Capt. Wendell said the suspect walked into the bank, demanded money and the teller handed the money over. Police saw the man leave and chased the truck north on Webb Road. 

The pursuit came to an end at the intersection of 13th and Webb where the suspect crashed into two citizens' vehicles, injuring the people inside. Police say the suspect then rammed into two police patrol vehicles. 

That's when the officer in the first vehicle shot at the suspect twice. When EMS arrived the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the truck the suspect was in had been reported stolen.

Police shut down Webb Road between Central and 13th and were in the area investigating for several hours. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the investigation.


Wichita police are responding to a bank robbery in east Wichita where shots have been fired. 

The robbery happened at the Golden Plains Credit Union near Webb and Kellogg. 

Police followed the suspect to the area of 13th and Webb where shots were reportedly fired. 

Police have shut down Webb Road between Central and 13th. 

KAKE News has a crew headed to the scene to gather more information. Check back for updates.