WICHITA, Kansas – Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett announced on Friday, no charges will be filed against a Haysville police officer who shot and killed a man in August 2014.
Bennett said a review of an investigation into the incident by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Wichita Police Department and the DA’s office, showed the officer was justified in using deadly force against Chad Leichhardt during a domestic violence incident.
Bennett said on August 19, 2014, at approximately 10:43 a.m., Haysville Police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Sarah Lane where a man called 911 to report his son was possibly assaulting the the son’s girlfriend inside an apartment.
When officers arrived on the scene, they spoke briefly with the father outside, who said his son was inside a bedroom in the apartment. He told officers Chad Leichhardt was on probation and had been “hitting his girlfriend all morning,” and that he had been using drugs the night before.
Bennett said after the officers forced their way into the bedroom, they found Leichhardt sitting on the floor in a closet holding a knife to his girlfriend’s throat. One of the officers fired his weapon one time, striking Leichhardt in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for several knife wounds.
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