By Matt Riedl, The Wichita Eagle
Aug. 23–One person is dead and a Wichita police officer is in serious condition at a local hospital after a traffic stop Saturday night, according to the Wichita Police Department.
About 50 police cars blocked off the westbound ramp onto Dugan Road from Kellogg as officers investigated the fatal traffic stop.
Police spokesman Lt. James Espinoza said that at around 10:10 p.m., officers stopped a car on a suspected traffic violation in the 6100 block of West Kellogg in the parking lot of a business there.
When an officer approached the vehicle, “a struggle did ensue,” Espinoza said, and the driver began dragging the police officer “a very long distance.”
While the officer was being dragged, he said, the suspect began driving east in the westbound lanes of Kellogg Drive, striking another vehicle head-on. At least two people were in the car that was struck. Both sustained minor injuries.
Espinoza said that at some point, the officer being dragged fired shots at the driver, who was then pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the officer nor the driver has been identified.
Crime scene tape extended from near the McDonald’s at the intersection to the Dugan ramp. Espinoza said drivers on westbound Kellogg will most likely not be able to exit at Dugan until midafternoon Sunday.
Officers are interviewing witnesses, and the investigation is ongoing.
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