Wichita

Wichita Officer Suffers Significant Injuries After Being Struck by Fleeing Vehicle

Officer Brian Arterburn;  Photo: Travis Heying

Officer Brian Arterburn; Photo: Travis Heying

A veteran Wichita police officer was struck by a fleeing stolen vehicle and suffered significant injuries on Tuesday night.

He was said to be in critical but stable condition. 

Officer Brian Arterburn, a 25-year veteran of the force, was struck by a vehicle allegedly being driven by Justin Terrazas. Terrazas had been fleeing from police at the time of the accident.

He was subsequently taken into custody and is facing charges of attempted murder and theft. 

Officer Arterburn suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen, and brain according to reports. 

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Black Lives Matter Activists and Wichita Police Have Cook-Out Instead of Protest

Photo: Wichita Police Dept.

Photo: Wichita Police Dept.

Members of the Wichita Police Department joined with members of a local Black Lives Matter chapter and held a communal cook-out on Sunday in lieu of a planned protest.

BLM had planned on holding a protest but after spending several hours in a meeting with Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay decided that breaking bread with one another could move far closer toward reconciliation than a mere protest ever could.

Local activist A.J. Bohannon said, "We can get on the same page and say those things that are in Baton Rouge don't trickle over into Wichita, Kan." He added, "My heart goes out to the families, those officers in Baton Rouge, but I think the fact that that did happen makes this event more meaningful. I definitely think this is a start for this community, and I definitely want to keep it going."

We couldn't agree more.

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