Wichita police release new details about two officer-involved shootings in Wichita Monday evening.
The first shooting happened around 8:00 at Central and Woodlawn. Police were called to Central and Woodlawn, where a man identified as Michael Westendorff was wandering in and out of traffic.
Officers from the Wichita Police Department and Eastborough PD showed up to find out what was going on. The WPD officer was trying to talk to Westendorff when she noticed his hands in his pocket. Police say he pulled out an object that looked like a gun and lunged at her, prompting her to fire a shot.
The Westendorff was struck in the leg. He was treated and released from the hospital and taken into police custody.
Police officials say they later identified the object in his pocket as a CO2 inflator, which is used for inflating bicycle tires.
No one else was hurt in the incident.
The second officer-involved shooting started as a man was visiting his mother on Denise Marie Street in West Wichita. Police say 21-year-old Robert McCosh is severely mentally ill and has a history of drug abuse. At one point during the visit, his mom called a mental health professional to help calm him down because he was getting agitated.
Police say the McCosh got two long blades that resemble machetes. The mental health professional arrived at the home, called police and advised mom to get out of the house.
The mother went next door, but McCosh followed and started threatening the people inside with the blades.
Several police officers showed up at the home. Police say the McCosh threw one of the blades and lunged at an officer with the other blade. An officer fired a shot that struck the him in the torso. He was rushed to the hospital and is now in serious but stable condition.
Police have responded to 14 calls at the house since 2010. No one else was hurt in the shooting.