James L. Wilson has been charged with aggravated battery of a law-enforcement officer, felony theft and resisting arrest following an officer-involved shooting incident Friday, Oct. 22.
The 43-year-old Overland Park man was recently moved from an area hospital to New Century Jail where he sits with a $500,000 bond.
Wilson was hospitalized and a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy is on an administrative leave of absence following an officer-involved shooting north of Gardner Friday night.
A deputy responded to a report of an erratic driver at 151st Street and Edgerton Road around 7 p.m. on Oct. 22. The deputy attempted to stop the driver of the vehicle. However, the car fled the scene, and the deputy did not give chase.
A second deputy discovered the same vehicle near 151st and Gardner Road a short while later, and an altercation occurred.
The deputy fired at the suspect. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where was treated for non-threatening injuries.
The deputy was also treated at an area hospital for minor injuries. He is on administrative leave until the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office completes its investigation.
According to Deputy Tom Erickson, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, the leave of absence is a standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.
“Time is on our side now that it’s over with and everyone is going to be OK,” Erickson said. “There’s no reason to rush. That’s kind of why it takes a little longer. Nobody died, but these things take quite a while to wrap up. This kind of thing is pretty rare for us, which is good.”
— Danedri Thompson