Police:  Wichita suspect identified in fatal shooting

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By KNSS Radio

The Wichita Police Department (WPD) has identified the suspect in a criminal homicide and officer-involved-shooting investigation as Jason Williams, 37, of Wichita. At approximately 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a shooting at a home in the 900 block of North Faulker.  As they arrived, officers began to approach the home and heard gunshots being fired from the inside to outside the home.  Officers also contacted a man, 36, who jumped out of a bedroom window to escape.  The man was not injured.  Officers then reported hearing additional shots being fired at the home.  It is suspected Williams fired at least 25 rounds during the incident.  Officers began to evacuate and notify citizens in the area of the situation so they could go to a safe location.  WPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Crisis Negotiators, and a mental health advisor responded to assist with the dangerous situation. Officers learned Williams was the man’s brother-in-law, and Williams was inside of the home, firing multiple shots.  It was also learned Williams’ wife, 30, mother-in-law Michelle Barr, 52, of Wichita, and his two children, ages 5 and 7, were inside the home as well and Barr was possibly injured. WPD Crisis Negotiators began to communicate by telephone with Williams and learned his wife and Barr were shot and he indicated that he was not going to leave the home alive.  Crisis Negotiators continued talking to Williams, and their continual efforts led to Williams agreeing to release his wife and kids. At approximately 8:35 a.m., the children and wife exited the rear west side of the home.  WPD SWAT team members staged in an armed vehicle to pick up the victims and take them to safety.  As the kids and wife exited the home, Williams followed.  Williams was armed with two handguns and then physically prevented his wife from leaving the home.  At that time, an officer concerned for the safety of the children and female fired a single shot that struck Williams. Officers and medics then went inside of the home.  Barr was located with multiple gunshot wounds, and she was pronounced deceased on the scene.  Williams was pronounced deceased as well.  Williams’ wife had a gunshot wound to her left shoulder.  She was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment and released.  The two children were not injured, and resources have been provided to the family. The investigation revealed, Williams and his wife had recently separated and had some recent domestic violence situations.  Also, Williams’s wife recently filed a protection from abuse order regarding Williams. Wednesday morning, Williams came to Barr’s home and shot out the front glass window to enter the home and then shot his wife and Barr, causing their injuries. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) assisted in the investigation to provide transparency and avoid conflicts of interest. The involved WPD officer is an 18-year veteran of the department and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.  The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.