Wichita police chief to meet with family of suspect in officer-involved shooting

Andrew Villa
Andrew Villa

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay will meet with some family member’s of Andrew Villa. The family protested Thursday outside of St. Francis demanding answers on the shooting.

Villa was shot during an officer-involved shooting Sunday night. Police said Villa was running from police and jumped into the back of an occupied car after robbing the Johnson’s General Store near 53rd and Meridian. Villa was shot while in the back of that car.

Chief Gordon Ramsay said he called the mother of the family soon after the shooting, but he found out the number he was calling was the wrong one.

Andrew Villa
Andrew Villa

“I ended up talking to her for the first time yesterday. I heard her questions clearly and will attempt to meet with them this afternoon to answer as many questions as we can. Obviously, there is issues with the criminal case we can’t provide information on,” said Chief Ramsay.

Ramsay said it is important for the family to receive as much information as possible. Meanwhile, Villa remains in the hospital at St. Francis. Ramsay said some family will receive limited access to see him.

“He is in our custody. He will be going to jail when he is cleared and will be charged with significant crimes. We have to limit who can come and go. He is in custody,” added Chief Ramsay.

He added that the hospital will also provide immediate information on Villa to family members.

“Not sure where that got off the track, but we have facilitated that to make sure they get the information they need from the hospital,” Ramsay said.

Ramsay said there are other victim’s in the shooting as well that shouldn’t be forgotten.

“Because this was a serious event for many other people, that it’s going to impact them for life, specifically, the people at the gas station, and the people in the vehicle that we need to take into account too,” he added.

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