Self-defense pushes Wichita’s homicide totals past last year


January 2, 2019 - 9:54 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita amassed more homicides in 2018 than in any year since 1995, in part because of an increase in self-defense killings.

At least 43 people died by homicide in Wichita over the past year, up five from 2017, The Wichita Eagle reported. Police said the five-person increase can in part be attributed to self-defense killings, which increased by five, from three to eight.

Kansas is among numerous states where citizens have no legal obligation to retreat from an attacker if they are lawfully present in a place. Before the stand-your-ground law was approved in Kansas in 2007, a person couldn’t use force before trying, if there was a chance, to escape violence or retreat.

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