WICHITA, Kansas — Sedgwick Co. District Attorney Marc Bennett cleared Wichita Police officers involved in a shooting that killed a man on Oct. 26, 2014. The shooting happened near Mt. Carmel and Douglas.
Eighteen-year-old Jeffrey D. Holden, Jr. was killed. Holden was reported as a missing person out of Kansas City and had multiple arrest warrants out of Cowley County.
Investigators say Holden was armed and had been firing shots in the area. When officers arrived, they fired at him, killing him.
“The investigation established that Mr. Holden deliberately fired two different firearms multiple times while walking on Douglas Street,” said District Attorney Marc Bennett.
“When officers were dispatched to the area, in response to citizen calls, Mr. Holden immediately began to fire on the first officer and continued to fire on the additional responding officers,” he said.
The first officer fired 12 shots, the second officer fired two, and a third officer fired 18 shots.
The district attorney said Holden is shown advancing toward officers, and video evidence taken from a security camera shows Holden carrying a gun.
“Several of the officers reported seeing Mr. Holden hiding behind a white SUV as he took shots at the officers who were taking cover behind their patrol vehicles,” said Bennett.
The DA says that Holden then left the cover of the SUV and began to travel toward the law enforcement officers.
Three total officers were involved in the shooting.
Friends of Holden say he was emotional that night about reportedly not seeing a child of his, but the district attorney does not know if that provoked his actions.
“The toxicology screen speaks to perhaps maybe what was clouding his judgment that evening,” said Bennett.
According to the DA’s report,
“Toxicology testing was performed on Holden. The results of the testing showed Holden’s blood alcohol level was negative. Holden tested positive for the presence of Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and Carboxytetrahydrocannabinol [THCA].”
The district attorney says the officers’ use of self-defense was reasonable in this case, and no criminal charges will be filed against them.
“He [Holden] immediately shoots before they [the officers] can even engage with him, and he continues to shoot until they return fire, and his life comes to an end,” said Bennett.
No body cameras were used in the investigation.
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