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Family holds vigil after man dies in officer-involved shooting

Published On: Jul 05 2014 10:19:15 PM CDT
WICHITA, Kan. -

Family members spoke today at a vigil in honor of a man who died in an officer-involved shooting yesterday.

"We were failed, they failed," Ida Allen, sister of the man killed said. "The city failed us."

Police say Icarus Randolph charged at an officer with a knife after they were called to the scene by family for a report of a suicidal person.

His family says Randolph's mother made a call for law enforcement to check on his mental wellness, saying he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in the Iraq war as a Marine.

Two officers responded to the incident in the 7800 block of east Clay street a little before 2 p.m. Friday. Officers say when Randolph came at them with a knife, they attempted use a taser. When that didn't stop Randolph, police fired 3 to 4 shots, striking him in the chest.

He died a short time later at the hospital. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave which is standard after an officer-involved shooting.

The Wichita Police Department as well as the KBI is investigating the incident. Randolph's family says they want answers.

"Do something for my brother, he's dead and even when he reached up with help from the crowd, he prayed to God in his hands," Allen said. 

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