KBI identifies man killed in officer-involved shooting in Finney County

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – UPDATE: The Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified the man killed Thursday in the officer-involved shooting in Finney County. Authorities identified him as Cristino Umana-Garcia, 29, originally from Garden City.

Original Story:

A man has died after an officer-involved shooting in rural Finney County. According to Garden City officials, shortly after 12:00 p.m. Thursday, the Finney County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a suspicious person in rural Finney County.

Officials said a sheriff’s deputy encountered a subject armed with a knife, who was identified as a suspect who was wanted by the Garden City Police Department on unrelated charges. The man was holding a knife to his own throat initially and then locked himself in his vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office requested the Garden City Police Department respond to transport the subject on those charges.

Authorities said attempts were made to speak with the man until he got out of his vehicle and charged toward the officers. Two law enforcement officers, one from the Garden City Police Department and one from the Finney County Sheriff’s Office fired their weapons at the man and killed him.

“After a standoff with law enforcement, the suspect is alleged to have become increasingly aggressive and came toward the officers in a threatening manner,” said Undersheriff John Andrews. “Officers opened fire fatally striking the suspect.”

The suspect has been identified as a 29-year-old man from Garden City. Officials have not yet released the man’s name.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the suspect’s family at this time. This is an unfortunate situation,” said Garden City Police Chief Michael Utz. “We are thankful that our officers are safe.”

Two deputies and a Garden City police officer are now on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation of the situation. The Garden City Police Department and Finney County Sheriff’s Office are each also conducting internal investigations.


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