Police:  Arrests made in Wichita homicide

July 30, 2020 - 8:04 pm

The Wichita Police Department (WPD) has arrested four individuals stemming from the shooing today that fatally injured William Pottorff, 40, of Wichita.  

WPD arrested the following on charges of felony murder and aggravated burglary:

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  • Braxton Cooley, 23, of Wichita;
  • Akakia Farbes, 23, of Wichita;
  • Eugene Donnald, 43, of O’Fallon, Illinois; and
  • Koby Fisher, 23, of Wichita.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., Thursday, officers responded to a shooting at the Scotsman Hotel, 5922 W. Kellogg.  Upon arrival, officers located Pottorff with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.  He was pronounced deceased on the scene.  Shortly after arriving on the scene, a man, 23, arrived at an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and in critical condition.  He remains hospitalized.

The investigation revealed, a female has been staying at the hotel for approximately one month and was being visited by Pottorff, who is an acquaintance.  While in the room, the 23-year-old man, Cooley, Farbes, Donnald, and Fisher forced themselves into the room, and a physical altercation ensued between Pottorff and the 23-year-old.  During the physical altercation, both men pulled out handguns, and there was an exchange of gunfire, leading to Pottorff’s fatal injuries and the 25-year-old’s critical injuries.

The 23-year-old was then taken to the area hospital by Cooley, Farbes, Donald, Fisher, and an additional person that was in a vehicle during the incident.

This was not a random incident, and illegal narcotics are a factor.

The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

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