Kansas Man Shoots Two Police Officers Then Takes Time To Post About It Before Shooting Himself
Two Kansas police officers were shot early Christmas morning by a man who posted online about the incident as it was unfolding, authorities said.
Malik Rogers, 24, shot and wounded two police officers at his Wichita apartment before barricading himself inside the bathroom where he turned the gun on himself Saturday morning. Both officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, however, Rogers died as a result of his injury.
Police received a call at around 11:30 p.m. Friday and responded to a nearby restaurant, where they met with a female employee who t0ld them she had been “physically battered” by Rogers, who was her boyfriend.
The 22-year-old woman told officers that earlier that night Rogers showed up at her home uninvited, she said he initially tried to get in through a window before being let into the home by a young child.
“Once inside, he confronted her and pointed a handgun at her, essentially assaulting her with that gun,” Stephens said, “and also during the course of that disturbance punched her in the face.”
Just one day before on Thursday, Rogers who was on parole for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault, grabbed the woman by the neck and physically assaulted her, the official added.
After speaking to the victim late Friday, Wichita Police went to Rogers’ apartment to arrest him on felony domestic violence charges.
Police initially tried to “verbally negotiate with him to convince him to submit an arrest,” however Rogers retreated into his apartment, police said.
“The officers knew going to that residence, that he was on parole, that he had committed a violent offense with a gun in the previous day,” Stephens said. They continued their negotiation efforts before they began to “physically attempt to arrest him.”
Rogers was able to fight the officers off and barricade himself in the bathroom of his home despite being tasered.
“One of the officers immediately forced entry into the bathroom door and was confronted by Malik Rogers, who was pointing a gun at them,” Stephens continued. “Mr. Rogers discharged that firearm at the officers two times, hitting one of the officers in the right arm and the other officer in the upper right leg.”
A SWAT team and crisis negotiators tried to make contact with Rogers to negotiate a peaceful surrender when they heard “what they believed could have been a gunshot – a single gunshot.”
Stephens added that it was “In and around the same time, we became aware of a social media post where Mr. Rogers was essentially talking about having just shot two police officers, and a gun was visible on the live feed from that social media post.”
Both officers, who have just under one year with the police department, were taken to a local hospital for serious, non-life-threatening injuries, Stephens said. Neither officer discharged their weapons during the incident.
Police are still investigating whether Rogers’ gun was stolen.