WICHITA, Kansas – Many questions still surround an officer involved in a shooting that left a man dead.
Police responded to an alleged suicide call by a resident at in the 7800 block of East Clay on Friday at 1 p.m.
When officers reached the scene, they say that 26-year-old Icarus Randolph charged at them with a knife.
Officers fired a taser against Randolph, but did not stop him.
One officer pulled his gun and fired three to four rounds at Randolph, bringing him to the ground.
Randolph was transported to a local hospital where he was announced dead.
The family of Icarus Randolph held a press conference Saturday afternoon at the home where the shooting took place.
Family members expressed that Randolph was a former Marine who needed help, and that he was not a threat.
“He was murdered here yesterday and they’re calling him a suspect, he was a victim, he was a citizen, we called for help,” said Ida Allen, sister of Icarus Randolph, “[It] never was a suicide call, there was never an aggravated disturbance. It was a mental health [call], a cry out for help all along.”
“The officer noticed at that time as well a knife in the suspects hand and he at that point pulled his service weapon,” said Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley, of the Wichita Police Department. “The officer believed he was about to be assaulted and used less than lethal force by deploying his tazer.”
Family friend Shukura Sentwalli believes the situation didn’t have to come to the point of Randolph being shot.
“There are times when the police department can handle a situation without force, this was one of those we believe,” said Sentwalli.
The two WPD officers involved in the incident have been put on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
The family held a vigil Saturday night at McAdams Park to mourn and pay their respects.
Among those who showed up to grieve with the family were State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau and City Council Member Lavonta Williams.