Wichita police fatally shoot man who shot wife, killed mother-in law
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita police have shot and killed a 37-year-old man who allegedly killed his mother-in-law and shot his wife at a home in Riverside on Wednesday.
Officers responded at around 7 a.m. to reports of shots fired in the 900 block of North Faulkner. They arrived and heard gunshots being fired from inside the home.
A man identified as the suspect's brother-in-law, jumped out of a bedroom window to escape. As gunfire continued, police began evacuating and notifying area residents of the situation. Police estimate 25 shots were fired during the incident.
Police spokesperson Charley Davidson said in a release that the suspect, Jason Williams, was inside the home firing the shots.
"It was also learned Williams’ 30-year-old wife, 52-year-old mother-in-law Michelle Barr ... and his two children, ages 5 and 7, were inside the home as well and Barr was possibly injured," the release says.
A SWAT team and negotiators arrived on scene. Negotiators learned Williams' wife and Barr were shot and he was "not going to leave the home alive."
Davidson said crisis negotiators continued talking to Williams, and their efforts led to him agreeing to release his wife and kids.
"At approximately 8:35 a.m., the kids and wife exited the rear west side of the home. WPD SWAT team members staged in an armed vehicle to pick up the victims and take them to safety. As the kids and wife exited the home, Williams followed. Williams was armed with two handguns and then physically prevented his wife from leaving the home. At that time, an officer concerned for the safety of the children and female fired a single shot that struck Williams."
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. His mother-in-law was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds inside the home. Williams' wife was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and released.
The investigation revealed Williams and his wife recently separated and had some recent domestic violence situations. Williams wife recently filed a protection from abuse order, and Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Williams was served the order Tuesday night.
"Today, Williams came to Barr’s home and shot out the front glass window to enter the home and then shot his wife and Barr, causing their injuries," the release says.
The officer who shot Williams is an 18-year veteran of the department and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol. The KBI is assisting with the investigation.
Wichita police have shot and killed a man who allegedly killed his mother-in-law and shot his wife at a home in Riverside on Wednesday.
Officers responded at around 7 a.m. to reports of shots fired in the 900 block of North Faulkner. Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the suspect was served Tuesday night with a protection from abuse order requested by his wife. The man nevertheless went to the mother-in-law's home early Wednesday morning, where he found her, his wife, his brother-in-law and two children.
"He shot his mother-in-law, shot his wife in the shoulder and then, obviously, was threatening his brother-in-law who escaped," Chief Ramsay said.
A SWAT team and negotiators arrived on scene, and a negotiator was able to convince the suspect to let the two children go.
"As the two children were being let outside the home, there was an altercation between him and the wife outside the back door," Ramsay said "An officer fired one time and the male is dead."
The man was armed while he was outside and previously told negotiators he would not come out alive, the chief said.
The suspect's mother-in-law was found dead in he home, and his wife was being treated at a local hospital. No names have been released.
Chief Ramsay said the two children, ages 5 and 7, were not harmed.
Department spokesperson Charley Davidson said additional information would be released later Wednesday.
There's a large Wichita police presence in the city's Riverside neighborhood.
Officers responded Wednesday morning to a home in the 900 block of North Faulkner and have since blocked off the area. A SWAT team later arrived on scene.
The Wichita Police Department tweeted at around 7:45 a.m. that a public information officer was en route to the scene. Media was asked to stage at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in the 1100 block of North River Blvd.
No details about the incident have been released.
KAKE News has crews in the area gathering details. Check back for updates.