A 45-year-old man is recovering from wounds sustained in a Wednesday afternoon shootout with Salina Police.
During a media conference Thursday morning, Police Chief Brad Nelson identified 45-year-old Jose Carillo as the man who was shot after firing a rifle at officers. As of late Thursday morning Carillo was under guard at Salina Regional Health Center recovering from non-life threatening wounds.
Nelson says that two officers were sent to a domestic violence call in the 700 block of Commanche at 2:18 Wednesday afternoon. A 55-year-old woman reported that her boyfriend was intoxicated, and had pointed a rifle at her. For her safety, officers met with her in nearby Centennial Park.
As the two officers were talking with her, the woman saw her boyfriend, Carillo, walking down the street. He was carrying an object concealed by a blanket. At about this time a third officer, a detective, arrived. The detective had heard the call on the radio, heard that a rifle was involved, so he responded on his own initiative.
According to Nelson, as Carillo removed the blanket as he got closer, revealing a rifle. He began firing at the detective, before then turning and firing at the uniformed officers.
All of the officers sought cover behind a tree, as did Carillo. The detective returned fire. During the exchange of gunfire multiple shots were fired. Carillo was hit twice. He was hit in the right cheek and the right upper shoulder.
Carillo dropped his weapon and was taken into custody.
Nelson says it is believed that Carillo was looking for the woman as he walked down the street with the rifle.
During the exchange of gunfire two citizen vehicles, one police car, a fence, and an out building all sustained damage. There may be more damage found as an investigation continues.
The detective, a 19-year-veteran, is the only officer who returned fire. He has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation at Nelson’s request.
Nelson adds “all officer performed heroically during this traumatic event, and I’m grateful that their training and experience resulted in this outcome”.
The last officer involved shooting in Salina was in September of 2012. Officer Chuck Huen was shot in the eye while responding to an aggravated assault and robbery call in the 1100 block of north 5th Street.