WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating after a 25-year-old suspect, identified as Kevin C. Perry, and K-9 officer Rooster were fatally shot Saturday night. It happened shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lamp Lighter Mobile Home Park in the 2300 block of West MacArthur.
Officers said when they arrived, a woman was outside. She said the suspect was armed with a gun and threatened to kill her.
“A 25-year-old male pointed a gun and threatened to kill a female and himself,” said Chief Gordon Ramsay, Wichita Police Department.
Police were setting up a perimeter around the home and contacting the suspect by phone when he came out of the home. They said the man did not listen to the officers’ commands and walked back toward the house. That’s when police released the K-9 officer.
“K-9 Rooster was deployed to keep him from going back into the house as he committed a violent felony,” said Chief Ramsay.
Police said Rooster held the suspect’s leg before he could enter the home. Officers said the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband, prompting them to open fire.
“About that same time, the officer fired as did the suspect,” added Chief Ramsay. “That officer who saw him going for the gun first fired four times at the suspect. That officer is an 11-year veteran. Second officer sees the muzzle flash and believes he is being fired upon and shoots three times. That officer is a two-year veteran. Both are on administrative leave.”
Perry was transported for injuries and later pronounced dead at the hospital. Rooster was shot in the shoulder and neck area and died quickly after being shot.
“We believe the K-9 was shot by the suspect, but will know for sure after the necropsy and review of the evidence,” said Ramsay. “Based on the video that we see and evidence at the scene, it preliminary appears he was shot by the suspect.”
Police said Rooster wasn’t wearing a protective vest at the time.
“These things unfold so rapidly,” said Ramsay. “These are the tough positions our officers are put in all the time making split second decisions. Because of how this unfolded, the dog didn’t have his vest on. We didn’t formulate the plan we would of liked.”
Members of the Wichita Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office are investigating the shooting.
“It is unfortunate for everybody involved. The suspect’s family, loved ones, and friends. The officer’s involved in this, especially the handler of Rooster,” said Chief Ramsay.
Ramsay said Rooster was the first K-9 to die in the organization’s history.
A memorial service honoring K-9 officer Rooster will be held Friday, March 31st from 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Century II. The service is open to members of the community and all first responders.
IMAGES | The Wichita Police Department released still images from body worn camera video Monday afternoon.