Wichita Police say the death of a Winfield man - following an assault that left him hospitalized - is being investigated as a homicide.
83-year-old Wendell Hendricks died Feb. 9 as a result of an attack that occurred Jan. 24.
His 57-year-old son was a suspect in the initial aggravated battery case. In recent days, however, police investigators received a report from the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center indicating Hendricks death had been deemed a homicide.
The case is now in the hands of homicide investigators with the Wichita Police Dept. Those investigators expect to meet with prosecutors next week to discuss formal criminal charges.
In the meantime, Hendrick’s son is undergoing a mental health evaluation.
Sgt. Nikki Woodrow, public information officer for the Wichita Police Dept., told NewsCow that Hendricks and his wife, who were living in Winfield, had gone to Wichita to check on their son.
The son was said to have been acting in a strange manner.
The couple visited him at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of West 23rd Street North. On the morning of the attack, Hendricks’ wife called to report an assault.
Police arrived and found Hendricks and his son on the ground in a parking lot of the complex. Hendricks suffered injuries that included a facial fracture and broken hip.
He underwent surgery to the repair that hip fracture, but while in the process of recovering from his injuries, he died.