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Kan. Chief Made 'Take Out' Call After 32-Hour Standoff

July 15, 2013  | 

The Wichita (Kan.) Police chief decided to end a 32-hour standoff with a suspect that involved nine different SWAT teams by telling tactical officers to "take him out."

Chief Norman Williams gave a media briefing Monday on the standoff that began at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and ended late Thursday. Police had cornered Jared Lee Woosypiti at the Southlake Village apartments. Woosypiti was wanted for opening fire inside a Kmart and stabbing his girlfriend July 4 at a Derby home.

Police documents obtained by the Wichita Eagle confirmed police gunfire killed Woosypiti. A police sniper fired from "a safe distance" from officers, chief said.

Woosypiti was allegedly making bombs with nails in them and had talked to a family member about "suicide by cop."

Tags: Wichita (Kan.) PD, Barricaded Suspects, Standoffs, Police Snipers


Comments (7)

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westcoastleo @ 7/15/2013 7:04 PM

A Chief with "Balls" thank god some are left.... Chief Williams, at least you can make a decision..

Nichole @ 7/16/2013 4:16 AM

Well played.

mtarte @ 7/16/2013 9:43 PM

Well done chief. At some point, negotiations are futile and the only thing left is force.

ChiefJohn @ 7/17/2013 5:19 AM

Chief, You are an incredibly brave man to make the right decision. You had to look ahead and know the fallout and flack you are going to take from all the armchair quarterbacks out there and the probable civil suit from his family because, "he was a nice guy". You did the right thing and let the nay-sayers hold hands and sing Kum-by-ah. Stay strong and safe.

Ali Akbar @ 7/17/2013 6:03 AM

Excellent police work Chief. When we're on the line it makes all the difference knowing that our administrators make the right call.

Sky @ 7/17/2013 6:39 AM

This is one Chief to Ride the River With, nuff said.

Bob @ VA @ 7/19/2013 5:52 AM

Good call, good outcome.

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