Multi-county chase ends with fatal officer-involved shooting

Scene at Sumner County

UDALL, Kan. (KSNW) – A man wanted by the Kansas Department of Corrections is dead after being shot by officers during a multi-county police chase early Thursday morning. He has been identified as 25-year-old Charles S. Johnston.

“Officers were watching a residence in the 1900 block of west Rita for a known 25-year-old male that was wanted for the Kansas Department of Corrections for an absconder warrant,” said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. “They observed a 2017 silver Chevy Cruze leave the residence at about 11:30 p.m.”

The chase started at Pawnee and Seneca in south Wichita at 11:30 p.m. and ended near Udall in Sumner County around 12:10 a.m. During the chase, deputies tried to shoot a GPS tracker onto the car but were fired upon. The chase went into Sumner and Cowley counties before the car stopped on K-15 between Mulvane and Udall.

Charles Johnston (Courtesy: Kansas Department of Corrections)

“At that point, a female came out of the passenger side first with her hands up. The male came out and held a gun to her head,” said Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter.

The sheriff said the suspect fired two rounds while he held the woman hostage. The suspect then turned and ran.

“No one fired shots at that point, until he turned and ran and started firing again at the law enforcement officers,” added Sheriff Easter.

Officers fired back killing Johnston.

“EMS was called. WPD officers performed CPR until EMS arrived,” said Easter.

None of the officers were hurt during the chase. Police are still questioning the woman.

Sheen Andrade, Johnston’s girlfriend spoke to KSN and said that she received the news early Thursday morning, and sadly it didn’t shock her.

“We had talked about it, and he had that planned. I mean he didn’t have a plan for that night or anything. He always said if he got pulled over or anything that’s how he was going out,” said Andrade.

And now that the reality is really sinking in, she knows she won’t see her “CJ” anymore.

“He was all I had,” cried Andrade.



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