New, better way to investigate officer-involved deaths

Local authorities have taken a good step in the wake of last week’s 32-hour standoff on South Seneca, which ended with the shooting death of suspect Jared Lee Woosypiti. The investigation of the standoff will be led by Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson, in what he called a new regional “unified approach in working officer-involved shootings” with a goal of having “the highest level of integrity.” Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter and Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett have been involved in the new approach. It won’t answer all the concerns of those whose loved ones have died in officer-involved shootings, or address their call for a citizen board to review such cases. But having another jurisdiction lead the investigation introduces some independence and objectivity into the process.