Chief of police defends actions of officers in shooting

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police gave an update Monday about a Marine who was shot and killed by officers on the Fourth of July.

Police were called to the 7800 block of East Clay Street just after 1 p.m. Friday.

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 it did not stop him.

One officer pulled his gun and fired several shots at Randolph, bringing him to the ground.

Randolph was transported to a local hospital where he was announced dead.

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams defended the actions of his officers.

Williams explained that a knife is considered a lethal weapon and he discussed the effectiveness of tasers.

So far in 2014, Williams said, there have been two incidents in which the taser has not been effective in stopping an armed suspect.

Both suspects were armed with a knife and both situations were dangerous, unpredictable and required officers to make quick decisions and take swift action.

“When you look over the last several years between 2003 and 2012 according to the FBI statistics, three officers have been killed in the line of duty with a knife,” said Williams. “The officers have seconds in which to assess and which to respond according to the situation they have at hand. Officers are trained to stop the threat.”

From 2003 through 2012, according to a FBI report, three law enforcement officers were killed with a knife or other cutting instrument.

From 2009 through 2013, 20 homicides in Wichita involved a knife or other cutting instrument.

The following graph shows the effectiveness of Tasers, during incidents reported between January 2011 through December 2014, according to WPD.

(Data provided by Wichita Police Department)
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