May 31, 2009
Posted: 03:49 PM ET
By Stan Finger | Wichita Eagle
WICHITA — A suspect in the fatal shooting today of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller is in custody in Johnson County. Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services. Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th St., where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.
Police had been looking for a white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB. The vehicle is registered to an owner in Merriam. At 2 p.m. today, police in Johnson County reportedly had stopped a vehicle matching that description. Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said that several law enforcement agencies — including the FBI and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation — have been called in to help with the case. Homicide detectives and Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston arrived at the church after the shooting. What appeared to be a body was taken away in an SUV with a patrol car behind it at about 12:30 p.m.
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