October 21, 2021

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Three WPD officers injured south of downtown Wichita – KSN-TV

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UPDATE: Law enforcement cleared the scene shortly after midnight.

UPDATE: As of 9:00 p.m., law enforcement is still on scene attempting to find a way to safely enter the house.

UPDATE: WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay says one officer is currently admitted to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and the other is at Wesley Medical Center.

UPDATE: One officer has been released from the hospital.

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita police say three officers were injured while checking a vacant home south of downtown Wichita around 4 p.m.

Police are investigating what happened at the home near St. Francis and East Boston and initially said they thought it could be an explosion, but aren’t sure yet if it was a shotgun or explosive device that caused the injures.

Two officers received minor injuries and one was seriously injured but is in stable condition at the hospital. All three were taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says police were called to the area by the homeowners asking them to check the home. The house was supposed to be vacant, however the owners thought someone might be in the home because windows were open. The owners gave officers a key to get into the home to investigate.

Ramsay said that almost as soon as the officers entered the home, there was a loud bang or explosion.

“We don’t know if someone is inside, if this is a booby trap, if this is a gun or some type of improvised device,” said Ramsay.

Police say the situation is still active. Fire, EMS, and SWAT are responding to the incident. The Kansas City ATF is also on scene investigating.

KSN News crews are speaking with residents in the area who say they are being kept out of their homes while the investigation continues. Officers are blocking multiple streets in the area.

KSN News will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

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