DA: Officer-involved shooting of suspect armed with knives justified

WICHITA, Kansas – Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says the April shooting of suspect armed with knives and a sword is justified.

The shooting happened near Maple and Mt. Carmel in Wichita on April 10, 2014. It killed 30-year-old David Zehring.

David M. Zehring (KSN File Photo)
David M. Zehring (KSN File Photo)

Zehring approached authorities with a knife and after two attempts to tase him, a police officer fired multiple shots. Zehring died at the hospital.

Police found a 16 inch sword in the Impala along with two other knives.

Bennett says during investigation they interviewed neighbors of the suspect who say his behavior weeks leading up to shooting was bizarre.

After the shooting, three officers were removed and their weapons were secured.

The three officers directly involved in the incident gave voluntary, recorded statements to investigators, as did civilian witnesses who had knowledge of some of the events of the evening.

The two Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office patrol units were equipped with in-car cameras, which captured most of the contact with David Zehring after the pursuit. The video was recovered and examined.

RAW VIDEO: Police dash cam of the officer-involved shooting

Zehring release
Zehring investigation from the Sedgwick County District Attorney


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