SEDGWICK —Law enforcement authorities investigating a fatal motel room shooting have arrested four suspects.
Just before 1a.m. Thursday, police responded to a shooting at the Scotsman Hotel, 5922 W. Kellogg in Wichita, according to Captain Jason Stephens. Upon arrival, officers located 40-year-old William Pottorff with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Shortly after arriving on the scene, a 23-year-old man arrived at an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and in critical condition. He remains hospitalized.
The investigation revealed, a woman has been staying at the motel for approximately one month and was being visited by Pottorff, who is an acquaintance, according to Captain Stephens.
While in the room, the 23-year-old man and four others later identified as 23-year-old Braxton Cooley, 23-year-old Akakia Farbes, 23-year-old Koby Fisher all of Wichita and 43-year-old Eugene Donnald of O’Fallon, Illinois, forced themselves into the room, and a physical altercation ensued between Pottorff and the 23-year-old shooting suspect.
During the physical altercation, both men pulled out handguns, and there was an exchange of gunfire, leading to Pottorff’s fatal injuries and the 23-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.
Following the investigation, police arrested Cooley, Farbes, Fisher and Donnald on requested charges of felony murder and aggravated burglary, according to Stephens.
Police have not released the identity of the 23-year-old in the hospital.
SEDGWICK —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a fatal shooting and have identified the victim as 40-year-old William Pottorff.
Just before 1a.m. Thursday, police responded to report of a shooting at the Scottsman Inn, 5922 West Kellogg in Wichita, according to Captain Jason Stephens.
When officers arrived, they found Pottorf dead inside one of the motel rooms. He had been staying there with a woman who had rented the room, according to Stephens.
Shortly after police were sent to the motel, officers learned that a 23-year-old man had arrived at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Investigators were able to determine that he was involved in this incident at the motel. He remains in critical condition, according to Stephens.
Through interviews and evidence, police learned that the 23-year-old had been at the motel with four other men. They forcibly entered Pottorf's room. A disturbance occurred between the 23-year-old and Pottorf, according to Captain Stephens. Both brandished firearms and there was exchange of gunfire.
Police were continuing to conduct interviews in the case, according to Stephens.