A Goddard police officer shot and killed a man after he refused numerous orders to abandon a weapon and began walking towards the officer with a weapon that was later determined to be a replica BB gun, they said the authorities.
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said 39-year-old Michael James Trask, of Lake Afton, died in the shooting near Goddard on Tuesday.
Easter said the officer tried to stop Trask for a traffic violation and a short chase ensued. After the vehicle finally stopped, the officer informed the dispatchers that the driver had thrown a weapon at him, Easter said.
The officer ordered the man a total of 15 times to drop his weapon, but Trask did not comply. Easter said Trask was walking towards the officer with the weapon when the officer fired eight times.
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Trask died at the scene.
After the shooting, a woman who said she was Trask’s wife called dispatchers and said her husband was suicidal and was armed with a loaded .40 pistol, Easter said.
Easter said the gun was a replica BB gun.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed in receivership pending an investigation.