A man was shot by Haysville police during a domestic disturbance call at the Village Green Apartments in Haysville on Tuesday morning, Aug. 19. The man died at the scene. A woman found injured at the scene went to the hospital. See the slide show below for more images from the scene.
Police identify suspect killed during confrontation
Posted Wednesday, Aug. 20

Haysville police have identified the man who was shot and killed during a domestic violence incident at the Village Green Apartments on Tuesday.

Chad Leichardt, 40, a white male, was shot one time on Tuesday morning and was pronounced dead at scene, at 401 Sarah Lane in Haysville. Two officers had responded to domestic violence call around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. When they arrived on the scene, the found Leichardt in possession of a knife and restraining an adult female. According to a statement from the Haysville Police Department, the victim was bleeding from what appeared to be knife wounds inflicted by Leichardt.

The statement said Leichardt refused repeated orders to drop the knife or to release the victim, and continued to threaten the victim and officers.

Officers fire one round, striking Leichardt, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The female victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

Police had responded at least two other times to reports of domestic violence between the victim and the deceased.

The names of the victim and the officers are not being released pending the outcome of an investigation being conducted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department, the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative lead pending an investigation, which is standard procedure.


Posted Tuesday, Aug. 19 - from the Aug 21 print edition of the Haysville Sun-Times


By Travis Mounts

A man is dead after a police officer shot him during a domestic disturbance at a Haysville apartment on Tuesday morning.

Haysville police officers were called to a domestic disturbance at the Village Green Apartments at 401 Sarah Lane at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday. According to police chief Jeff Whitfield, officers found an “active disturbance” between a man and a woman. The woman had sustained injuries.

The man was shot by an officer during the disturbance. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The female was transported to the hospital. The extent of injuries was not known at press time Tuesday.

A neighbor said a third man was the primary tenant but that the man who died and the female had moved in during the past couple of months. Whitfield confirmed that the primary tenant and the dead man were related, but he did not specify what that relationship was.

The neighbor said that he heard disturbances from the ground-floor apartment on a regular basis, including one early in the week. Whitfield could not immediately confirm if officers had been called to that address previously.

The incident is being investigated by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett visited the scene but did not talk with reporters. The D.A.’s office routinely declines to talk about cases until an investigation is presented to the office.

The name of the officer who shot the man was not released.

Whitfield said he could not remember the last time a Haysville police officer was involved with a shooting, outside of dealing with an animal issue. Just this month, Haysville was ranked as the fourth-safest large city in Kansas.

Classes at nearby Haysville Middle School and Rex Elementary School were not disrupted by the incident.
Community relations coordinator Liz Hames said district officials did not lock down the schools because the incident was contained to a specific area and at no time was there a suspect on the loose. Haysville Middle School is located roughly four blocks from the Village Green Apartments, and Rex Elementary is located on the far side of HMS. The apartments are located on the southeast corner of Sarah Lane and Clinton Avenue, just across the street from the Dewey Gunzelman Memorial Swimming Pool.

The Haysville Sun-Times will continue to update this story online during the week and will have more coverage in next week’s print edition. See our website at www.tsnews.com for updates.