Wichita man sentenced for burglary, shooting at police

July 16, 2019 - 7:10 pm

A Wichita man who exchanged gunfire with police during a chase has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison.

Elijah Martinez, 22, was sentenced Tuesday to 280 months for intentional second-degree attempted murder and three counts of burglary after the confrontation in December 2017.

Investigators say officers began pursuing Martinez after a man reported seeing two people stealing mail in west Wichita.

Police said gunfire was exchanged at a business and when Martinez drove his vehicle toward officers. He then fled and was pursued in a chase with speeds reaching 80 to 100 mph. The chase ended when Martinez pulled into a parking lot, lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

KAKE News reports that Martinez suffered a gunshot wound to the jaw. No officers were seriously injured.

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