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Chief of police defends actions of officers in shooting

WICHITA, Kansas - Wichita police gave an update Monday about a former Marine who was shot and killed by officers on the Fourth of July.

Police were called to the 7800 block of East Clay Street just after 1 p.m. Friday.

When officers reached the scene, they say that 26-year-old Icarus Randolph charged at them with a knife.

Officers fired a taser against Randolph, but it did not stop him.

One officer pulled his gun and fired several shots at Randolph, bringing him to the ground.

Randolph was transported to a local hospital where he was announced dead.

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams defended the actions of his officers.

"When you look over the last several years between 2003 and 2012 according to the FBI statistics, three officers have been killed in the line of duty with a knife," said Williams. "The officers have seconds in which to assess and which to respond according to the situation they have at hand. Officers are trained to stop the threat."

Chief Williams said this is the second time this year that a taser has not been effective in stopping a suspect.

 

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