Police: Suspect arrested after killing teen during a birthday party

21-year-old Manuel L. Trotter (Courtesy: Sedgwick Co. Jail)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating the seventeenth homicide this year. It occurred early Thursday around 1:50 a.m. at a duplex in the 1600 block of South Emporia.

According to Wichita Police Lt. Jason Stephens, 18-year-old Joseph Seabolt died after being shot in the stomach. He was transported by a private vehicle to Wesley Medical Center.

Through the investigation, officers learned the shooting took place at a party.

“There were several people involved in this incident, involving people who lived in both duplexes that knew each other. They were celebrating a birthday of one of the involved parties,” said Lt. Jason Stephens.

Police arrested 21-year-old Manuel L. Trotter on suspicion of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, and discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling. He remains in the Sedgwick County Jail.

Police said the victim and arrestee were involved in several disturbances prior.


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