Wichita, KS – A Wichita police officer was shot repeatedly while responding to a welfare check at a home last weekend.
The incident began at approximately 10:15 p.m. on June 19, when police received a report that a 32-year-old woman inside a residence in the 500-block of West Carlyle was yelling for help, KSNW reported.
The woman’s 13-year-old daughter said she was afraid, according to the information relayed to Wichita police.
Two officers responded to the residence and made contact with the woman and her daughter, KSNW reported.
The woman told the officers there had been a physical disturbance between her and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Tyler Hodge, according to police.
The victim said she believed Hodge fled the area prior to officers’ arrival, but police noted the suspect’s vehicle was still parked outside the home.
They began searching the property and the residence to make sure the woman and her child were safe, KSNW reported.
While they were searching, two officers located Hodge crouched down inside a shed on the property, police said.
Bodycam footage showed Hodge rising to his feet with the weapon in his hands as one of the officers ordered him to “put the gun down.”
He then began running at the officer and fired at them repeatedly, according to the police department.
The officers backed away from the shed and took cover, but one officer was shot several times in the attack.
The wounded officer returned fire multiple times before his fellow officers pulled him to safety, KSNW reported.
As the shootout ensued, the officers started life-saving efforts and rushed the wounded officer to a hospital in a patrol car.
Hodge continued shooting at police while additional officers arrived at the scene, hitting one responding police sergeant’s vehicle multiple times as the sergeant took cover behind the car, KSNW reported.
Fellow officers laid down suppressive fire to give the sergeant an opportunity to move out of harm’s way, according to the department.
The suspect then started moving towards the front of the residence, still shooting at police with the rifle, KSNW reported.
One officer was able to fire a single round at Hodge, hitting him and ending the gunfight.
Police rendered emergency medical aid to the shooter, but he died at the scene, KSNW reported.
Investigators cleared the area and determined there were no other suspects.
The wounded officer, a five-year Wichita police veteran, remained hospitalized in critical condition, according to police.
“One officer was shot multiple times,” Wichita Police Department (WPD) South Bureau Commander Captain Wendell Nicholson told KSNW. “He’s been taken to an area hospital. He’s in critical condition.”
The WPD said he has a long road to recovery, KSNW reported.
Our officer who was shot is in critical condition. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
— Police Chief Gordon Ramsay (@chieframsay) June 20, 2021
Investigators determined the shooter fired at police 18 times during the attack, and said three residences and one patrol vehicle were hit by bullets during the melee.
They allegedly located a loaded handgun in the shed where Hodge was hiding.
Detectives said they have since learned that Hodge had made statements about wanting to be killed by law enforcement in the past, and that he had suffered from mental health crises previously, KSNW reported.
He also had an “extensive” history with the WPD, according to KAKE.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be handling the ongoing investigation into the incident at the request of the WPD, KSNW reported.
CONFIRMED: We’re told the suspect is dead.
SWAT team left seconds ago.
— Grant DeMars (@KWCHGrantD) June 20, 2021
The investigative findings will be forwarded to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.
The officers involved in the in incident have been placed on administrative leave during the pendency of the investigation, as per protocol, KSNW reported.