Wichita police identify injured officer, suspect arrested

Officer Brian Arterburn (Courtesy: Wichita Police Department)
Justin Francsico Terrazas
Justin Francsico Terrazas (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Jail)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police arrested a 31-year-old man after he struck an officer Tuesday on Kinkaid and Topeka in south Wichita.

On Wednesday, police said the officer, identified as Brian Arterburn, was still in critical but stable condition. He sustained injuries to his chest, abdomen, and brain according to Doctor James Haan, medical director of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said Wednesday the officer is doing a lot better, adding he has “a lot of injuries to overcome.”

According to arrest records, Justin Francsico Terrazas was booked for attempted first-degree murder among other charges. He has an extensive criminal history dating back to the early 2000s. Those crimes include theft, burglary, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and aggravated criminal sodomy. He was most recently released from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility on Dec. 15 of last year.

The Fraternal Order of Police met with Arterburn’s family at the hospital this afternoon. They took about $1,000 worth of gift cards to the family, so the family can grab dinner.

In lieu of flowers and cards, the family is accepting donations through the Honore Adversis Foundation. Here is the information:

The Honore Adversis Foundation
477 N Seneca
Wichita, KS 67203
http://www.thin-blue-line.org/