Disturbance leads to officer-involved shooting in Pratt

Bradley G. Verstraete - Kansas Department of Corrections photo
Bradley G. Verstraete – Kansas Department of Corrections photo

PRATT, Kansas – At 9 p.m. on Saturday, Pratt police were called to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Stout Street to investigate a report of a disturbance and people yelling.

According to the Pratt Police Department, when officers got there, they were met in the street by a 45-year-old man, later identified at Bradley G. Verstraete, who they say had a large hunting knife and an axe handle in his hands. Police say they repeatedly gave verbal warnings to Verstraete, telling him to put the weapons down.


In a press release from Pratt Police Department, officers say Verstraete became increasingly aggressive towards the officers, and one officer shot a Taser at Verstraete, which reportedly did not work, and police say he continued charging at officers while threatening to kill them.

Nearby resident Yadira Garcia and her husband were on there front porch of their Pratt home in the 1100 block of Stout Street late Saturday night grilling out.

Garcia says she was able to see the commotion that was going on at this nearby apartment complex between the two officers and and Verstraete.

“I mean you could see that there were the two and than the other guy, and the guy went like this and that’s when they were all scuffling back and forth,” said Garcia.

Verstraete was then shot by Pratt police.

Garcia says she heard two gunshots go off.

“It kind of sounded like a really loud firecracker at first, it was just one than right after the other, you kind of do that motion like where you duck and your like oh my gosh, it was kind of scary,” said Garcia.

Pratt County EMS were immediately called out and transported him to an area hospital in critical but stable condition.

The incident is under investigation by Kansas Bureau of Investigation with the cooperation with the Pratt Police Department. Both officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy, pending the investigation.

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