Sedgwick County deputy cleared in officer-involved shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter and District Attorney Marc Bennett held a news conference Friday on a deputy-involved shooting that occurred back on Sept. 1, 2016 during a traffic stop.

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Sheriff Jeff Easter said 18-year-old Caleb Douglas’ death has been ruled a suicide according to the autopsy. Douglas died as the result of a gunshot wound to the head. The bullet came from a .40 caliber gun found in his car.

“The ballistics expert says that the projectile collected from the cranial cavity was actually fired from the .40 caliber that was found in his car, his own weapon,” said District Attorney Marc Bennett.

Bennett said the deputy’s shot struck Caleb in the left shoulder. He said the deputy’s shot was not the one that killed the teen. The district attorney said the deputy had the right to defend himself. No charges will be filed in the case.

Sheriff Easter said the dash camera video of incident will not be released per request of the family.

Next, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office professional unit will investigate to determine if deputy’s actions were in the department’s use of force policy.

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