Wichita Police Chief made final decision in 32-hour standoff to take out suspect

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says a number of factors played into his decision to end the standoff.

It had dragged on for more than a day when Jared Woosypiti, 24 barricaded himself inside of an apartment.

Swat teams used different tactics to get Woosypiti to surrender, but when negotiations failed they made the decision to end the ordeal.

“We kept telling the suspect Mr. Woosypiti that he’s under arrest periodically we used tear gas as well,” said Chief Norman Williams, Wichita Police Department. “We constantly asked him to surrender and he chose not too and he did not respond to any of our request.”

After 32 hours and calling in swat teams from 9 different agencies including dozens of law enforcement officers– Woosypiti still would not surrender.

“Throughout the night we continued to wait him out,” said Chief Williams. “There were periods of times where we continued to put in tear gas to get him to come out however he did not.”

Swat teams initiated a control blast from outside of the apartment to gain entry.

They deployed tear gas, water pressure cannons, and a K-9 dog.

“There were five different occasions where he fired shots at police officers,” said Chief Williams.

Investigators say the 24-year-old had other plans in mind.

“We learned from family members that he had talked about suicide by cop and that he wasn’t going to come out and that we would have to come in and get him,” said Chief Williams. ”

Chief Williams revealed that Woosypiti also made comments saying how “the apartment would go up like the Fourth of July” if they barged in.

Chief Williams says all of these factors were kept in mind when negotiations reached a dead end.

“I made the final decision to go ahead and take him out,” said Chief Williams. “The shot was there let’s take it and end this threat to our community.”

The Reno County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation and it will be turned over to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office for review.

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