Suspect is shot and killed in Sumner today

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By NewsCow staff
April 13, 2017 - 11:46:26 am

UPDATE: 6:22 p.m. - Law enforcement officials on Thursday afternoon identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting earlier today north of Udall.

During a news conference, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said that Charles S. Johnston, 25, took a woman hostage and fired at officers late Wednesday night after leading police on chase that spanned four counties, including Cowley County, and ended in Sumner County.

Johnston is believed to have been in the passenger seat during the entire pursuit. A woman driving, who knew Johnston, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant in another case.

It's not known yet if she will faces charges in this case. When the vehicle pursuit ended, Johnston is said to have exited the vehicle and held a gun to the woman's head. Authorities say he then fired at officers and ran away before stopping and firing again.

It was at that point that law enforcement returned fire and mortally injured Johnston.


A suspect was shot and killed early this morning in Sumner County following a pursuit that began in Sedgwick County.

The incident - which occurred just after midnight - also passed through or near Cowley County, according to radio traffic.

As the pursuit entered Sumner, authorities reported that the chase came to a stop and shots were fired. The suspect was killed.

According to KWCH News, Wichita Police attempted to pull over an absconder early Thursday morning, however the vehicle sped off, leading police on a chase.

Deputies from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office later joined the pursuit and fired a GPS tracker onto the suspect's vehicle. That's when the suspect is accused of firing shots at deputies.

"When the deputy got close enough to shoot the dart the passenger in the car starting shooting at the deputy," Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter told KWCH. "And that's when the chase became more intense."

Authorities say the suspect vehicle stopped near K-15 and Oxford Road. Deputies said the suspect then left the car and began firing at law enforcement, who returned fire, killing the suspect.

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