Police ID woman arrested in Wichita home where body found


April 19, 2020

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman accused of holding police at bay for hours before emerging from a Wichita home where the body of a man was found has been charged with second-degree murder, police said.

The armed standoff began around noon Sunday when officers were sent to a convenience store for a report of a woman suspected of robbing it, police said in a news release Monday. Responding officers spotted the woman, later identified as 22-year-old Jessica Sanders, at a nearby intersection holding a gun. Officers said they then heard a gunshot and saw Sanders run into a home as they ordered her to stop.

The officers who initially tried to get Sanders to come out of the home reported that they saw an older, unresponsive man in the home with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Several hours later, police said, Sanders came out of the house and was arrested. Inside, police said they found the man dead from his injuries. Police had not identified the man by late Monday morning.

An initial investigation showed Sanders had shot the man once inside the home before the Sunday confrontation with police, investigators said. Officers recovered a handgun inside the house, and police said the shooting was not random.


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