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November 21, 2005
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Kansas officer fatally shoots man

The Wichita Eagle

A Derby police officer fatally shot a man in the chest Sunday at about 3:40 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dillons Superstore at 317 N. Rock Road in Derby.

Police were waiting for the man's family to be notified Sunday night before releasing his name.

Police said the man had threatened the Derby officer with a knife. The officer was responding to a child abuse report made by someone at the store, police said.

The officer, a four- or five-year veteran on Derby's force whose name also was not released, fired a single shot at the man.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will lead an investigation of the shooting.

Police interviewed more than a dozen eyewitnesses Sunday night.

Derby police Lt. Jimmy Queen said the officer was put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer has shot someone.

Queen said this was the first time in at least a decade, and perhaps ever, that a Derby officer has fired a weapon at a person.

 Wichita Eagle (

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