Friend of shooting suspect speaks out, searching for answers

Photo credit: close friend of Douglas'

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – After Thursday morning’s officer involved shooting killed 18-year-old Caleb Douglas, it is leaving many questions still to be answered.

Friends described Caleb as laid back, and were shocked to hear about the incident.

But, KSN sat down with one friend said he had been worried about Douglas.

“My mind was in a million different places,” stated one of Douglas’ closest friends, who wishes to stay anonymous.

When Douglas was shot by a Sedgwick County Deputy, shortly after 1 a.m., Thursday, some of his friends were not far from the scene where it happened. They heard the shots.

“It was hard to know what was going on, whether it was a cop shooting, whether it was just a drive by shooting. So, we kind of just ignored it,” said the friend.

Hours after the incident took place, the friend received a phone call with dreadful news.

“That was Caleb driving by.”

And, later learned the shots he heard killed his close friend.

He told KSN he had checked up on Caleb earlier that evening.

“I did know he was drinking that night,” explained Douglas’ friend.

He tells KSN, Douglas did have a troubled past, but he never imagined he was capable of pointing a gun at a Sedgwick County Sheriff Deputy.

“At first, I didn’t believe it, didn’t accept the fact that Caleb was involved,” he said.

When he heard the details, he says it all started to sink in.

“That’s when it hit me hard and that it was actually real and that he had done something stupid and he had drawn on an officer,” said the friend. “His past kind of involves firearms.”

KSN was told Douglas had a few tough years and had struggled, but his friend’s thought he was working to improve his life, and get an aviation job.

“I saw many steps of him getting better and better,” said the friend.

That’s why he says this situation is so upsetting.

“I talked to him regular on a day and I didn’t think anything was wrong.”

The friend tells KSN that there plans in the works to host a memorial for Douglas in the near future.

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