WICHITA, Kansas – New details are being revealed regarding the fatal shooting of an attempted murder suspect by Wichita police officers after a 32 hour standoff last month at the Southlake Village apartments.
An autopsy report shows Jared Woosypiti, 24, was hit by four shots fired at long range. He was high on meth and painkillers.
“I made the final decision to go ahead and take him out,” said Chief Norman Williams during a July 15 press conference. “The shot was there. Let’s take it and end this threat to our community.”
The stand off began after Woosypiti fled to the apartment complex after firing shots inside a nearby K-Mart while stealing prescription drugs.
He was already wanted by police for the attempted murder of his girlfriend in Derby on July 4.
Investigators said shortly after the shooting that Woosypiti’s family told them he discussed suicide by cop. Police say he fired at them at least five times and they used tear gas, water cannons, and a k-9 dog to try to subdue him before the decision was made to use deadly force.
“We kept telling the suspect, Mr. Woosypiti, that he’s under arrest,” said Williams shortly after the shooting. “We constantly asked him to surrender and he chose not to and he did not respond to any of our requests.”
The autopsy revealed Woosypiti was hit in the back, torso, abdomen, and thigh. He had children’s clothing wrapped around his feet before he was fatally wounded.
The Reno County Sheriff’s department is still investigating the case. It will eventually be up to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office to decide if use of deadly force by officers was justified.