Man killed by his twin brother in northwest Wichita

Man is gunned down by his twin brother near Central and McLean. May 29, 2013
Man is gunned down by his twin brother near Central and McLean. May 29, 2013

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita police have identified the man who was shot and killed by his twin brother in west Wichita on Wednesday night.

Police say 59-year-old Charles Lea allegedly shot his twin brother Robert Lea in the chest.

“He told us that his twin had come at him with a gun. And so he shot him first,” says Sgt. Jim Merrick with Wichita police. “He was somewhat agitated. He told us what he had done, very basically.”

Neighbors told investigators the brother lived alone in their small house in the 600 block of North Gordon. But around 7 p.m. the brothers apparently were in the middle of a heated argument.

“He told us that his twin had come at him with a gun. And so he shot him first,” says Merrick. “We arrived. We apprehended the shooter and found the twin to be dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest inside of the home.”

Police say it is the sixth homicide this year in Wichita.

Charles Lea was booked on second-degree murder.

 

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