Police: Man dies in officer-involved shooting

NEWTON, Kansas – Newton police say the man who was injured in an officer-involved shooting has died.

He has been identified as 52-year-old Sonny Wagner.

Investigators say he was a suspect in a domestic violence case at his home in the Prairie Estates Mobile Home Park in the 2100 block of Singletree Drive.

Newton Police Chief James Daily says when the officer arrived, he met with Wagner’s wife in the front yard.

She said Wagner had beat her so the officer went inside the home.

Investigators say once inside, the suspect told the Newton police officer, “You better get more officers, I’m not going back to jail again.”

Police say the man went to another room and came back with a large hunting knife.

He then lunged at the officer.

The 20 year police veteran shot twice. He hit the suspect in the chest.

“Between the officer and Sonny Wagner, he was very close with a knife. He shot where he needed to shoot,” said T. Walton, Harvey County Sheriff.

The investigation was turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The officer is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

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