Christina Coulter, Daily Mail, December 25, 2021
Dramatic police bodycam footage captured the moment a domestic abuse suspect shot and wounded two Kansas officers on Christmas Eve before the trapped suspect turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger, cops said.
Malik Rogers, 24, who was on parole for previous felony convictions for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault, fired at the cops after he barricaded himself in the bathroom of his home in Wichita, according to the video.
Earlier that day, Rogers had shown up at the home of his 22-year-old girlfriend uninvited and tried to get in through a window before a 3-year-old child let him into the residence on the 500 block of S. Lulu Street, police said.
She called police at around 11:30 pm to the restaurant where she worked and told them Rogers had entered her home without permission, punched her and threatened her with a gun.
The frightened woman also told cops he attacked her the previous day, grabbing her by the neck and physically assaulting her, before telling them where he lived.
The cops then went to the 2600 block of S. Emporia Street to ‘verbally negotiate to convince him to submit to an arrest’ for 10 to 15 minutes, said Wichita Police Captain Jason Stephens. But Rogers refused.
He was much bigger than the two responding officers, Stephens said, and was able to retreat into his bathroom and barricade himself even after he was shocked with a taser gun.
‘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 trying to negotiate with the man before things got physical.
‘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 said.
‘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.’
The two officers retreated and a SWAT team was called. Crisis negotiators attempted to coax Rogers out of the home for about an hour before a single gunshot was heard from within the apartment.
Around the same time, police became aware of a livestream Rogers had been carrying out on social media in which he described his attack on the two officers and held his weapon.
Rogers was out on parole after serving time for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault for stabbing a 23-year-old man in 2017, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Before entering the apartment again, a robot with a camera was deployed into the home, according to the paper, and authorities saw that Rogers was unresponsive. Police raced into the house, but were unable to save Rogers, who had shot himself, police said.
Neither officer fired any shots, Stephens said, and both were treated for non life-threatening injuries at the hospital. Both had been with the department for under a year.
‘Please pray for them and their families as we deal with this terrible incident on Christmas day,’ Police Chief Gordon Ramsay wrote in a Facebook post.
‘This tragic incident highlights the dangers police officers face as they work to keep our community safe.’