A 23-year-old man who police allege was threatening to kill people in a Kansas home is dead after Wichita police fatally shot him Saturday.
Police are investigating the shooting, which occurred after two officers responded to a report that a “belligerent” man with a knife was attempting to get inside a home. When police arrived on the scene, they found John Paul Quintero and his 44-year-old father in an SUV.
Officers ordered the men to get out of the vehicle. The 44-year-old man complied, but his son verbally threatened officers and refused to follow orders to show his hands and put them on the SUV, investigators said in a news release. Police said one officer used a stun gun but it had no effect on Quintero.
Police say Quintero reached for his waistband and took a step towards the officer. That’s when another officer shot the 23-year-old twice.
Quintero died at a Wichita hospital on Sunday.
Detectives later learned that Quintero had gotten into a fight with the 21-year-old male homeowner, threatened to kill people at the home and held a knife to the throat of a 21-year-old woman. Family members told police that Quintero also assaulted and threatened his father with the knife. Police said Quintero followed his father when he left the home and got inside the SUV.
The statement from police didn’t say whether a knife was found on Quintero after he was shot, and police didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press on Sunday.
The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave.
“Our thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Quintero and the officers and their families involved in the incident,” Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley said in a written statement. “We are committed to an open and honest investigation.”
The investigation continues.
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