Officer-involved shooting leaves one man dead in west Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in west Wichita Thursday morning, leaving one man dead.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the area of Maple and Mt. Carmel. That is where the suspect’s car was finally stopped after he fled officers from 15th and Gow.

At the intersection, the suspect David M. Zehring flashed a flashlight at an officer. The officer thought the driver may be in trouble and pulled him over. When he approached the suspect’s vehicle, Zehring asked the officer for his name and badge number but then fled.

The chase reached speeds of 50-75 mph and took two separate stop sticks to disable the vehicle. During the chase, sheriff deputies joined the effort.

David M. Zehring
David M. Zehring, age 30

When Zehring’s car was stopped, he got out of the vehicle showing aggression and in a matter of seconds approached the officers vehicle while pulling out a knife from his coat.

One deputy tased Zehring, but it was ineffective and then another did as well. Both were of no use and Zehring directed his attention to the second deputy. That is when the WPD officer fired multiple gun shots at Zehring.

Zehring was then transported to St. Francis Via Christi where he was pronounced dead at 3:08 a.m.

Police discovered a second knife on Zehring and several more in his vehicle including a 16 inch blade in the backseat.

Zehring was a 30-year-old Wichita resident and lived in the 1600 block of N. Gow, near where the chase began.

Police believe that the first two tasers were ineffective due to his size and the fact that he was wearing a coat.

Zehring only had a criminal history of several misdemeanors.

The officer involved in the shooting is a three year veteran on the force and has been placed on administrative leave.

KSN will update as more information is received.

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