- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NICKERSON, Kan. (AP) - A 22-year-old man suspected of killing a woman and leaving her body in a ditch was shot and killed by police after he threatened officers at his home, Hutchinson police said.

Jonathan P. Wilson was shot early Tuesday after officers became concerned about the safety of young children in the home, Hutchinson Police Capt. Troy Hoover said. Wilson was the suspect in the death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found Monday in a creek bed in northern Reno County, The Hutchinson News reported (https://bit.ly/1eFUdM9 ).

Hoover said a man who had a relationship with three children called police after he went to the house and was confronted by Wilson. When about 13 Hutchinson city police and Reno County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, Wilson began breaking windows, threatening officers and throwing things, including a knife, Hoover said.

“Officers could hear (the children) crying and screaming, and him breaking things,” Hoover said. “We were concerned they were in danger.”

Hoover said one child was “very small,” and the other two are believed to be ages 3 and 4.

“He made comments such as ‘If you want me, you’re going to have to come in and get me,’” Hoover said.

Hoover said two Hutchinson officers fired at Wilson “more than once” but he did not know how many shots were fired or where Wilson was hit.

The woman has been tentatively identified but her name was not released. The case has been ruled a homicide, police said.

Hoover said Wilson and the woman knew each other but he wasn’t sure of the nature of the relationship. Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said the two were acquaintances.

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